The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'') has adopted amendments to Part 21 of its regulations relating to special calls for information. The amendments will: Add to the types of information specified in Sec. 21.02, which must be furnished upon special call, information regarding exchanges of futures for physical commodities or for derivatives positions, and information regarding delivery notices issued and stopped; and delegate to the Director of the Division of Market Oversight and the Director's delegatees, the ability to issue special calls pursuant to sections 21.01 and 21.02.
Fees for Reviews of the Rule Enforcement Programs of Contract Markets and Registered Futures Associations
The Commission charges fees to designated contract markets and registered futures associations to recover the costs incurred by the Commission in the operation of its program of oversight of self- regulatory organization (SRO) rule enforcement programs (17 CFR part 1 Appendix B) (National Futures Association (NFA), a registered futures association, and the contract markets are referred to as SROs). The calculation of the fee amounts to be charged for FY 2007 is based upon an average of actual program costs incurred during FY 2004, 2005, and 2006, as explained below. The FY 2007 fee schedule is set forth in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Electronic payment of fees is required.
Petition of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. for Exemptive Relief, Pursuant to Section 4(c) of the Commodity Exchange Act, From the Requirement That the China Foreign Exchange Trade System and National Interbank Funding Center or Its Members Register as Futures Commission Merchants
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) has petitioned the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) for exemptive relief, pursuant to section 4(c) of the Commodity Exchange Act (Act or CEA), from the requirement that the China Foreign Exchange Trade System and National Interbank Funding Center (CFETS) or its members register as futures commission merchants (FCMs). The Commission seeks comment on CME's petition. Copies of the petition are available for inspection at the Office of the Secretariat by mail at the address listed below, by telephoning (202) 418-5100, or on the Commission's Web site (http:// www.cftc.gov).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request: Part 41, Relating to Security Futures Products
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the CFTC is planning to submit the following proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Part 41, Relating to Security Futures Products; OMB Control Number 3038-0059. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, the CFTC is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request: Proposed Collection; Comment Request: Rules Pertaining to Contract Markets and Their Members
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the CFTC is planning to submit the following proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Rules Pertaining to Contract Markets and Their Members; [OMB Control Number 3038-0022]. Before submitting the ICR to OMB for review and approval, the CFTC is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection as described below.
Termination of Associated Persons and Principals of Futures Commission Merchants, Introducing Brokers, Commodity Trading Advisors, Commodity Pool Operators and Leverage Transaction Merchants
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') is proposing to amend Commission Regulations 3.12 and 3.31 (``Proposed Amendments'') to extend the period during which a registered futures commission merchant (``FCM''), introducing broker (``IB), commodity trading advisor (``CTA''), commodity pool operator (``CPO'') or leverage transaction merchant (``LTM'') must file a notice with the National Futures Association (``NFA'') to report the termination of any associated person (``AP'') or principal of the registered intermediary. Under existing regulations, such intermediaries must file notices within 20 days after the termination of the AP or principal. The Commission's proposal (``Proposal'') would provide 30, rather than 20, days for the filing of a termination notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent To Renew Collection 3038-0025, Practice by Former Members and Employees of the Commission
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, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on requirements relating to practice before the Commission by former members and employees of the Commission.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
This notice adds a new system of records to the Commission's systems of records under the Privacy Act. The new system contains information collected to document and support decisions regarding clearance for access to classified information and the suitability, eligibility, and fitness for service of applicants for federal employment, including students, interns, or volunteers, and contractor positions to the extent that contract duties require access to federal facilities, information, systems, or applications. This system is necessary to comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).
Amendments Pertinent to Registered Entities and Exempt Commercial Markets
The proposed regulations expand the set of persons delegated by the Commission with the authority to issue exempt commercial market (ECM) special calls to include the Director of the Division of Enforcement and that Director's designees. The proposed regulations clarify the process for listing, clearing, or implementing registered entity products or rules, including dormant products and rules, and amend the definition of emergency to clarify that persons other than members of the governing board of a registered entity may declare an emergency on behalf of the governing board. The proposed regulations also clarify the duration of the rule approval period for designated contract market (DCM) rules that may change a material term or condition of a contract based on the agricultural commodities enumerated in section 1a(4) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA or Act). Finally, the proposed regulations clarify how far in advance of implementation registered entities must submit self-certified contracts and rules to the Commission, and identify three additional categories of rules that a registered entity may implement without filing certified submissions or receiving prior Commission approval.
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 17 CFR Part 171, by adding language to Commission Rule Sec. 171.9(b) (manner of service), allowing for service by facsimile (``fax'') or by electronic means (``e-mail''), making either means of service effective upon receipt. The amendment will also indicate that parties who consent to accepting service of documents by electronic means or fax in the underlying NFA action also consent to accepting service by the same means in proceedings under Part 171.