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Start Preamble November 15, 2001.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted the following public information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). A copy of each individual ICR, with applicable Start Printed Page 63069supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Department of Labor. To obtain documentation contact Marlene Hawze at ((202) 219-8904 or email

Comments should be sent to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for PWBA, Office of Management and budget, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503 ((202) 395-7316), within 30 days from the date of this publication in the Federal Register.

The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:

* Evaluate 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;

* Evaluate 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;

* Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Agency: Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA).

Title: Prohibited Transaction Exemption 86-128.

OMB Number: 1210-0059.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Individuals or households, and Not-for-profit institutions.

Frequency: Annually.

Number of Respondents: 22,974.

Number of Annual Responses: 542,813.

Estimated time Per Response: Average of 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Total Burden Hours: 98,158.

Total Annualized Capital/Startup Costs: $0.

Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services): $187,606.

Description: PTE 86-128 permits persons who serve as fiduciaries for employee benefit plans to effect or execute securities transactions on behalf of employee benefit plans. The information collection requirements incorporated within the class exemption are designed as appropriate safeguards to ensure the protection of the plan assets involved in the transactions, that except for the class exemption, would not be permitted. These safeguards rely on the prior authorization and monitoring of the broker-fiduciary's activities by a second plan fiduciary that is independent of the first.

Without the relief provided by this class exemption, broker-fiduciaries who provide research and investment management services to accounts for which they effect transactions for the purchase and sale of securities, may be barred by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act from providing these combined services to employee benefit plans.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Agency: Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA).

Title: Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program.

OMB Number: 1210-0089.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Individuals or households; and not-for-profit institutions.

Frequency: On occasion.

Number of Respondents: 3,100.

Number of Annual Responses: 3,100.

Estimated Time Per Response: 31 minutes.

Total Burden Hours: 109.

Total Annualized Capital/Startup Costs: $0.

Total Annual Costs (operating/maintaining systems or purchasing services: $74,384.50.

Description: The DFVC Program is intended to encourage, using reduced civil penalties, delinquent plan administrators to comply with their annual reporting obligations under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Delinquent plan administrators are those who fail to file timely annual reports for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 1988. Eligible plan administrators may avail themselves of the DFVC Program by complying with the filing requirements and paying the specified civil penalties set out in the Notice.

The information collection requirement included in the DFVC Program requires providing data necessary to identify the plan along with the penalty payment. This data is the only means by which each penalty payment is associated with the relevant plan. If the Department were unable to determine readily whether a penalty had already been paid as a result of a late filing, an additional penalty might be assessed when it was determined that the filing was received after the deadline.

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Ira L. Mills,

Departmental Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 01-29992 Filed 12-3-01; 8:45 am]