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Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (the “agencies”) may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), of which the agencies are members, has approved the agencies' publication for public comment of proposed revisions to the Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002). The Board is publishing the proposed revisions on behalf of the agencies. At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the FFIEC should modify the proposed revisions prior to giving its final approval. The Board will then submit the revisions to OMB for review and approval.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before February 3, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the agency listed below. All comments, which should refer to the OMB control number, will be shared among the agencies.

Written comments, which should refer to the “Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks, 7100-dquo; should be addressed to Ms. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20551. Due to temporary disruptions in the Board's mail service, commenters are encouraged to submit comments by electronic mail to regs.comments@federalreserve.gov, or fax them to the Office of the Secretary at (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102. Comments addressed to Ms. Johnson may also be delivered to the Board's mailroom between 8:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. weekdays, and to the security control room outside those hours. Both the mailroom and the security control room are accessible from the Eccles building courtyard entrance on 20th Street between Constitution Avenue and C Street, NW. Comments may be inspected in room M-P-500 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays pursuant to sections 261.12 and 261.14 of the Board's Rules Regarding Availability of Information, 12 CFR 261.12 and 261.14.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

A draft copy of the proposed FFIEC 002 reporting form may be obtained at the FFIEC's web site (www.ffiec.gov). A copy of the proposed revisions to the collection of information may also be requested from Cindy Ayouch, Board Clearance Officer, (202) 452-3829, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20551. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may call (202) 263-4869.

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Proposal to revise the following currently approved collection of information:

Report Title: Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks.

Form Number: FFIEC 002.

OMB Number: 7100-0032.

Frequency of Response: Quarterly.

Affected Public: U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 295.

Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1,180.

Estimated Time per Response: 22.75 burden hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 26,845 burden hours.

General Description of Report: This information collection is mandatory: 12 U.S.C. 3105(b)(2), 1817(a)(1) and (3), and 3102(b). Except for select sensitive items, this information collection is not given confidential treatment (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(8)). Small businesses (that is, small U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks) are affected.

Abstract: On a quarterly basis, all U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks (U.S. branches) are required to file detailed schedules of assets and liabilities in the form of a condition report and a variety of supporting schedules. This information is used to fulfill the supervisory and regulatory requirements of the International Banking Act of 1978. The data are also used to augment the bank credit, loan, and deposit information needed for monetary policy and other public policy purposes. The Federal Reserve System collects and processes this report on behalf of all three agencies.

Current Actions: The agencies propose to implement a small number of revisions to the existing reporting requirements of the Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002). The proposed revisions would help to achieve consistency with the Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) (forms FFIEC 031 and 041) filed by insured commercial banks and FDIC-supervised savings banks.

The proposed revisions to the FFIEC 002 that would take effect as of the March 31, 2004, reporting date include:

Schedule L—Derivatives and Off-Balance-Sheet Items

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Modifying Line Item 12, “Gross fair values of derivative contracts,” by removing the following requirement: “The following items should be completed by those branches or agencies with total assets of $100 million or more.” The exemption from reporting the fair values of derivative contracts for branches and agencies with less than dollar;100 million in assets originated when derivatives were considered off-balance sheet items and predates FASB Statement No. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities (FAS 133), which took effect in 2001. FAS 133 require all derivatives to be measured at fair value and reported on the balance sheet as assets or liabilities. Because branches and agencies with less than dollar;100 million in assets that have derivatives now have to regularly determine their fair value for reporting purposes, they have the information necessary to disclose the fair value of their derivatives in Schedule L. Accordingly, the agencies are proposing to eliminate this disclosure exemption. The fair value data on derivatives will complement the data that branches and agencies with less than $100 million in assets currently report on the notional amount of their derivative contracts.

Schedule M—Due from/Due to Related Institutions in the U.S. and in Foreign Countries (CONFIDENTIAL)

1. Modifying Line Item 12, “Gross fair values of derivative contracts,” by removing the following requirement: “The following items should be completed by those branches or agencies with total assets of $100 million or more.” The rationale for the proposed change is similar to the justification above for the comparable change to Schedule L.

2. Adding Memoranda items 1.a, “Gross positive fair value,” and 1.b, “Gross negative fair value” to Memorandum item 1, “Notional amount of all credit derivatives on which the reporting branch or agency is the guarantor.” The new items would provide a better measure of credit and market risk for credit derivatives entered into with related depository institutions, particularly for branches and agencies with large positions in such credit derivatives.

3. Adding Memoranda items 2.a, “Gross positive fair value,” and 2.b, “Gross negative fair value” to Memorandum item 2, “Notional amount of all credit derivatives on which the reporting branch or agency is the beneficiary.” The rationale for the proposed change is the same as the justification above for adding items to Memorandum item 1.

Request for Comment: Comments submitted in response to this Notice will be shared among the agencies and will be summarized or included in the Board's request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Written comments should address the accuracy of the burden estimates and ways to minimize burden as well as other relevant aspects of the information collection requests. Comments are invited on:

(a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the agencies' functions, including whether the information has practical utility;

(b) The accuracy of the agencies' estimate of the burden of the information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

(d) Ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and

(e) Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 1, 2003.

Jennifer J. Johnson

Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 03-30212 Filed 12-4-03; 8:45 am]

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