Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor.
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an Start Printed Page 59962opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting comments concerning the extension of a currently approved collection of information, Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption T88-1.
A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Written comments must be submitted on or before December 6, 2004.
Gerald B. Lindrew, Office of Policy and Research, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-5647, Washington, DC 20210, (202) 693-8410, FAX (202) 693-4745. These are not toll-free numbers.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Prohibited Transaction Exemption T88-1 adopts, for purposes of the prohibited transaction provisions of section 8477(c)(2) of the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA), certain prohibited transaction class exemptions (the Class Exemptions) granted pursuant to section 408(a) of the Employee Income Security Act of 1974.
II. Current Actions
This existing collection of information should be continued because, without the relief provided by this exemption, certain transactions described in the Class Exemptions might be prohibited by under FERSA. The recordkeeping requirements incorporated within the class exemption are intended to protect the interests of plan participants and beneficiaries. This ICR is intended to provide the Department with sufficient information to support a finding that the exemption meets the statutory standards of section 408(a) of ERISA, and to provide affected parties with the opportunity to comment on the proposed transaction, while at the same time reducing the regulatory burden associated with processing individual exemptions for transactions prohibited under ERISA. The exemption affects participants and beneficiaries of the plans that are involved in such transactions as well as the party entering into the transaction with the plan.
III. Desired Focus of Comments
The Department is particularly interested in comments that:
- Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
- Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
- Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
- Minimize the burden of the 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 submissions of responses.
IV. Current Actions
The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of this ICR will expire on November 30, 2004. After considering comments received in response to this notice, the Department intends to submit the ICR to OMB for continuing approval. No change to the existing ICR is proposed or made at this time.
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Title: Prohibited Transaction Exemption 96-62; Accelerated Approval of an Otherwise Prohibited Transaction.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection of information.
OMB Number: 1210-0095.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Not-for-profit institutions, Individuals.
Total Respondents: 42.
Total Responses: 42.
Frequency: On occasion.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 53.
Total Annual Costs (Operating and Maintenance): $37,884.
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.Start Signature
Dated: September 30, 2004.
Gerald B. Lindrew,
Deputy Director, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Office of Policy and Research.
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