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 practice before the Commission by former members and employees of the Commission.
Comments must be submitted on or before August 9, 2004.Start Printed Page 32326
Comments may be mailed to John P. Dolan, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC 20581.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
John P. Dolan at (202) 418-5220; FAX: (202) 418-5524; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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.
Practice by former members and employees of the Commission, OMB control number 3038-0025—Extension.
Commission Rule 140.735-6 governs the practice before the Commission of former members and employees of the Commission and is intended to ensure that the Commission is aware of any existing conflict of interest. The rule generally requires former members and employees who are employed or retained to represent any person before the Commission within two years of the termination of their CFTC employment to file a brief written statement with the Commission's Office of General Counsel. The proposed rule was promulgated pursuant to the Commission's rulemaking authority contained in Section 8a(5) of the Commodity Exchange Act, 7 U.S.C. 12a(5) (1994). The intervening years since the last extension have not indicated a change in the burden.
The Commission estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:
|17 CFR section||Annual number of respondents||Frequency of response||Total annual responses||Hours per response||Total hours|
|17 CFR 140.735-6||3||1.5||4.5||.10||0.45|
There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection.
This estimate is based on the number of responses received over the last three years.Start Signature
Dated: June 2, 2004.
Jean A. Webb,
Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 04-13028 Filed 6-8-04; 8:45 am]
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