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Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB

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Notice is hereby given of the final approval of proposed information collections by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) under OMB delegated authority, as per 5 CFR 1320.16 (OMB Regulations on Controlling Paperwork Burdens on the Public). Board-approved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the OMB 83-Is and supporting statements and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB's public docket files. The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Acting Federal Reserve Clearance Officer—Michelle Long—Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202-452-3829).

OMB Desk Officer—Mark Menchik—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

Final approval under OMB delegated authority of the extension for three years, without revision, of the following reports:

1. Report title: Survey to Obtain Information on the Relevant Market in Individual Merger Cases.

Agency form number: FR 2060.

OMB control number: 7100-0232.

Frequency: On occasion.

Reporters: Small businesses and consumers.

Annual reporting hours: 18.

Estimated average hours per response: 10 minutes for small businesses, 6 minutes for consumers.

Number of respondents: 25 small businesses and 50 consumers per survey.

General description of report: This information collection is voluntary (12 U.S.C. 1817(j), 1828(c), and 1841 et seq.) and is given confidential treatment (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and (b)(6)).

Abstract: The Federal Reserve uses this information to define relevant banking markets for specific merger and acquisition applications and to evaluate changes in competition that would result from proposed transactions.

2. Report title: Written Security Program for State Member Banks.

Agency form number: FR 4004.

OMB control number: 7100-0112.

Frequency: On occasion.

Reporters: State member banks.

Annual reporting hours: 27.

Estimated average hours per response: 30 minutes.

Number of respondents: 54.

General description of report: This recordkeeping requirement is mandatory [12 U.S.C. 1882], 12 U.S.C. 248(a)(1) and 325, and Regulation H [12 CFR 208.61] authorize the Board to require the recordkeeping of this information. Because written security programs are maintained at state member banks, no issue of confidentiality under the Freedom of Information Act normally arises. However, copies of such documents included in examination work papers would, in such form, be confidential pursuant to exemption 8 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(8)).

Abstract: Each state member bank must develop and implement a written security program and maintain it in the bank's records. There is no formal reporting form and the information is not submitted to the Federal Reserve.

3. Report title: Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form.

Agency form number: FR TA-1.

OMB control number: 7100-0099.

Frequency: On occasion.

Reporters: State member banks and their subsidiaries, bank holding companies, and certain nondeposit trust company subsidiaries of bank holding companies.Start Printed Page 24158

Annual reporting hours: 8.

Estimated average hours per response: 1 hour and 15 minutes for registrations; 10 minutes for amendments.

Number of respondents: 5 registrations and 11 amendments.

General description of report: This information collection is mandatory (sections 17A(c), 17(a), and 23(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (15 U.S.C. 78q-1(c)(1) and (2), 78q(a)(3), and 78w(a)(1)) and is not given confidential treatment.

Abstract: The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires any person acting as a transfer agent to register as such and to amend registration information when it changes. State member banks and their subsidiaries, bank holding companies, and certain nondeposit trust company subsidiaries of bank holding companies register with the Federal Reserve by submitting Form TA-1. The information collected includes the company name, all business addresses, and several questions about the registrant's proposed activities as a transfer agent. The Federal Reserve uses the information to act upon registration applications and to aid in performing its supervisory duties.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 27, 2004.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 04-9960 Filed 4-30-04; 8:45 am]

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