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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:

Background.

On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) its approval authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act, as per 5 CFR 1320.16, to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board under conditions set forth in 5 CFR 1320 Appendix A.1. Board-approved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of information instruments 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.

Request for comment on information collection proposals

The following information collections, which are being handled under this delegated authority, have received initial Board approval and are hereby published for comment. At the end of the comment period, the proposed information collections, along with an analysis of comments and recommendations received, will be submitted to the Board for final approval under OMB delegated authority. Comments are invited on the following:

a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Federal Reserve's functions; including whether the information has practical utility;

b. The accuracy of the Federal Reserve's estimate of the burden of the proposed 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; and

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

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DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before October 23, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by Reg H-3: 7100-0196; or FR HMDA-LAR: 7100-0247, by any of the following methods:

All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at www.federalreserve.gov/​generalinfo/​foia/​ProposedRegs.cfm as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper in Room MP-500 of the Board's Martin Building (20th and C Streets, NW., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Additionally, commenters should send a copy of their comments to the OMB Desk Officer by mail to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to 202-395-6974.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

A copy of the PRA OMB submission including, the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB's public docket files, once approved. These documents will also be made available on the Federal Reserve Board's public Web site at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/​boarddocs/​reportforms/​review.cfm or may be requested from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below.

Michelle Shore, Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer (202-452-3829), Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202-263-4869), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551.

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Proposal to approve under OMB delegated authority the extension for three years, without revision, of the following reports:

1. Report title: Recordkeeping and Disclosure Requirements Associated with Securities Transactions Pursuant to Regulation H

Agency form number: Reg H-3

OMB control number: 7100-0196

Frequency: On occasion

Reporters: State member banks and state member trust companies

Annual reporting hours: 102,359 hours

Estimated average hours per response: State member banks with trust departments and state member trust companies: recordkeeping, 2.00 hours; disclosure, 16.00 hours. State member banks without trust departments: recordkeeping; 15 minutes; disclosure, 5.00 hours.

Number of respondents: 232 state member banks with trust departments and state member trust companies, and 669 state member banks without trust departments

General description of report: This information collection is mandatory (12 U.S.C. 325). If the records maintained by state member banks come into the possession of the Federal Reserve, they are given confidential treatment (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4), (b)(6), and (b)(8)).

Abstract: State member banks and state member trust companies are required to maintain records for three years following a securities transaction. These requirements[1] are necessary to protect the customer, to avoid or settle customer disputes, and to protect the institution against potential liability arising under the anti-fraud and insider trading provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

2. Report title: Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Loan/Application Register (LAR)

Agency form number: FR HMDA-LAR

OMB control number: 7100-0247

Frequency: Annual

Reporters: State member banks, subsidiaries of state member banks, subsidiaries of bank holding companies, U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks (other than federal branches, federal agencies, and insured state branches of foreign banks), commercial lending companies owned or controlled by foreign banks, and organizations operating under section 25 or 25A of the Federal Reserve Act.

Annual reporting hours: 156,910 hours

Estimated average hours per response: State member banks, 242 hours; and mortgage subsidiaries, 192 hours.

Number of respondents: 527 State member banks, and 153 mortgage subsidiaries.General description of report: This information collection is mandatory (12 U.S.C. 2803). The information is not given confidential treatment, however, information that might identify individual borrowers or applicants is given confidential treatment under exemption 6 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6)) and section 304 (j)(2)(B) of HMDA (12 U.S.C. 2803).

Abstract: The information reported and disclosed pursuant to this collection is used to further the purposes of HMDA. These include: (1) To help determine whether financial institutions are serving the housing needs of their communities; (2) to assist public officials in distributing public-sector investments so as to attract private investment to areas where it is needed; and (3) to assist in identifying possible discriminatory lending patterns and enforcing anti-discrimination statutes.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 21, 2007.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

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Footnotes

1. In July of 2004, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended Rule 17j-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 to extend the reporting time period to 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar quarter. In order to promote practical and uniform recordkeeping requirements that are consistent with the SEC and other federal banking regulators' rules, the Federal Reserve is in the process of revising the 10 calendar day reporting requirement for state member banks and state member trust companies to a 30 calendar day reporting time period.

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[FR Doc. E7-16767 Filed 8-23-07; 8:45 am]

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