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Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent To Renew Collection 3038-0048, Off-Exchange Agricultural Trade Options

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Commodity Futures Trading 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 off-exchange agricultural trade options.


Comments must be submitted on or before November 25, 2002.


Comments may be mailed to Judith E. Payne, Division of Market Oversight, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20581.

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Judith E. Payne, (202) 418-5268; FAX: (202) 418-5527; e-mail:

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Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, the CFTC is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information listed below.

With respect to the following collection of information, the CFTC invites comments on:

  • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have a practical use;
  • The accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Ways to minimize the burden of 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.

Off-Exchange Agricultural Trade Options, OMB control number 3038-0048—Extension

In April 1998, the CFTC removed the prohibition of off-exchange trade options on the enumerated agricultural commodities subject to a number of regulatory requirements 63 FR 18821 (Apr. 16, 1998). Thereafter, the Commission streamlined the regulatory and paperwork burdens in order to Start Printed Page 60642increase the utility of agricultural trade options while maintaining basic customer protections. 64 FR 68011 (Dec. 6, 1999). Based on its experience in administering this program, the Commission is reducing its estimates of the burden of this collection of information based on revised assumptions of the number of firms and individuals that may apply for registration. Responses to the collection of information are mandatory pursuant to section 4c(b) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

The Commission estimates the burden of this collection of information s follows:

Estimated Annual Reporting Burden

17 CFRAnnual number of respondentsFrequency of responseTotal annual responsesHours per responseTotal hours
17 CFR part 32360On occasion4115.592,301

There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection.

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Dated: September 20, 2002.

Catherine D. Dixon,

Assistance Secretary of the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 02-24430 Filed 9-25-02; 8:45 am]