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Notice of Extension of the Comment Periods for Proposed Exemptions Affected by the Temporary Closure of the Mailroom at the Department of Labor

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Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor (the Department).


Notice of Extension of Comment Periods.


As a result of the recent anthrax scare, the Department's mailroom was closed between October 22, 2001 and November 26, 2001 in order that protective measures could be taken to ensure the appropriate handling of the mail as well as the general safety of the Department's employees. However, during this time frame, the following proposed individual and class exemptions were published in the Federal Register and requested comments from interested persons:

Case No.FR CitationDatePlan/Entity Name
D-1076266 FR 468309/7/01Key Trust Company of Ohio.
D-1089466 FR 468379/7/01Brookshire Brothers, Ltd.
D-10913, D-1091466 FR 468399/7/01The Golden Comprehensive Security Program and The Golden Retirement Savings Program.
D-1095466 FR 494009/27/01Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
L-1093766 FR 494159/27/01Ford Motor Company.
D-1099766 FR 468439/7/01Exemption to Modify Prohibited Transaction Exemption 97-08 Involving Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. Incorporated.
D-1103466 FR 497039/28/01Proposed Amendment to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 80-26 for Certain Interest Free Loans to Employee Benefit Plans.

Because no written comments were received from interested persons while the mailroom was closed and the comment periods have since expired for these pendency notices, the Department is hereby extending the comment periods for the above referenced proposed exemptions until December 26, 2001. Therefore, all written comments and/or hearing requests should be sent by regular mail to the address specified in the proposals. Alternatively, interested persons may submit their comments and/or hearing requests by electronic mail to or by facsimile, (202) 219-0204.

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Ms. Anna Mpras, U.S. Department of Labor, telephone (202) 693-8565. (This is not a toll-free number.)

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Ivan L. Strasfeld,

Director of Exemption, Determinations, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

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[FR Doc. 01-30757 Filed 12-11-01; 8:45 am]