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

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Background. 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 Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, 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 Board Clearance Officer—Cynthia Ayouch—Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202-452-3829).

OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed —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: The Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices.

Agency form number: FR 2018.

OMB control number: 7100-0058.

Frequency: Up to six times a year.

Reporters: Large U.S. commercial banks and large U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.

Annual reporting hours: 1,008 hours.

Estimated average hours per response: 2 hours.

Number of respondents: 84.

Small businesses are not affected.

General description of report: This information collection is voluntary (12 U.S.C. 225a, 248(a)(2), and 3105(c)(2)) and is given confidential treatment (5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(4)).

Abstract: The FR 2018 is conducted with a senior loan officer at each respondent bank, generally through a telephone interview, up to six times a year. The purpose of the survey is to provide qualitative and limited quantitative information on credit availability and demand, as well as evolving developments and lending practices in the U.S. loan markets. Consequently, a portion of the questions in each survey typically covers special Topics of timely interest. There is the option to survey other types of respondents (such as other depository institutions, bank holding companies, or other financial entities) should the need arise. The FR 2018 survey provides crucial information for monitoring and understanding the evolution of lending practices at banks and developments in credit markets.

Current Actions: On February 26, 2009, the Federal Reserve published a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 8794) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, without revision, of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey. The comment period for this notice expired on April 27, 2009. No comments were received.

2. Report title: Senior Financial Officer Survey.

Agency form number: FR 2023.

OMB control number: 7100-0223.

Frequency: Up to four times a year.

Reporters: Large commercial banks.

Annual reporting hours: 240 hours.

Estimated average hours per response: 1 hour.

Number of respondents: 60.

Small businesses are not affected.

General description of report: This information collection is voluntary (U.S.C. 225a, 248(a), and 263). It has been anticipated that most, if not all, of the information to be collected on the FR 2023 would be exempt from Start Printed Page 22745disclosure under subsection (b)(4) of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4). However, the confidentiality status of the survey would be determined on a case-by-case basis, when the specific questions to be asked on each particular survey are formulated but before respondents are contacted. Respondents will be informed of the confidentiality status of that particular survey, each time the survey would be conducted.

Abstract: The 2023 requests qualitative and limited quantitative information about liability management, the provision of financial services, and the functioning of key financial markets from a selection of up to sixty large commercial banks (or, if appropriate, from other depository institutions or major financial market participants). Responses are obtained from a senior officer at each participating institution through a telephone interview. The survey is conducted when major informational needs arise and cannot be met from existing data sources. The survey does not have a fixed set of questions; each survey consists of a limited number of questions directed at topics of timely interest. The survey helps pinpoint developing trends in bank funding practices, enabling the Federal Reserve to distinguish these trends from transitory phenomena.

Current Actions: On February 26, 2009, the Federal Reserve published a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 8794) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, without revision, of the Senior Financial Officer Survey. The comment period for this notice expired on April 27, 2009. No comments were received.

3. Report titles: Quarterly Report of Interest Rates on Selected Direct Consumer Installment Loans and Quarterly Report of Credit Card Plans.

Agency form numbers: FR 2835 and FR 2835a.

OMB control number: 7100-0085.

Frequency: Quarterly.

Reporters: Commercial banks.

Annual reporting hours: FR 2835, 132 hours; and FR 2835a, 100 hours.

Estimated average hours per response: FR 2835, 13.2 minutes; and FR 2835a, 30 minutes.

Number of respondents: FR 2835, 150; and FR 2835a, 50.

Small businesses are not affected.

General description of report: These information collections are voluntary (12 U.S.C. 248(a)(2)). The FR 2835a individual respondent data are given confidential treatment (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)), the FR 2835 data however, is not given confidential treatment.

Abstract: The FR 2835 collects information from a sample of commercial banks on interest rates charged on loans for new vehicles and loans for other consumer goods and personal expenses. The FR 2835a collects information on two measures of credit card interest rates from a sample of commercial banks with $1 billion or more in credit card receivables and a representative of smaller issuers.

Current Actions: On February 26, 2009, the Federal Reserve published a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 8794) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, without revision, of the Senior Financial Officer Survey. The comment period for this notice expired on April 27, 2009. The Federal Reserve received one comment from a federal agency describing its use of the FR 2835 and FR 2835a data to prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual estimates of personal interest payments, a component of personal outlays in the national income and product accounts.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 11, 2009.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. E9-11275 Filed 5-13-09; 8:45 am]

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