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Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request-Privacy of Consumer Financial Information

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Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), Treasury.


Notice and request for comment.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507. The Office of Thrift Supervision within the Department of the Treasury will submit the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. Today, OTS is soliciting public comments on its proposal to extend this information collection.


Submit written comments on or before November 16, 2009.


Send comments, referring to the collection by title of the proposal or by OMB approval number, to Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552; send a facsimile transmission to (202) 906-6518; or send an e-mail to OTS will post comments and the related index on the OTS Internet site at In addition, interested persons may inspect comments at the Public Reading Room, 1700 G Street, NW by appointment. To make an appointment, call (202) 906-5922, send an e-mail to, or send a facsimile transmission to (202) 906-7755.

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You can request additional information about this proposed information collection from Ekita Mitchell (202) 906-6451, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

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OTS may not conduct or sponsor an information collection, and respondents are not required to respond to an information collection, unless the information collection displays a currently valid OMB control number. As part of the approval process, we invite comments on the following information collection.

Comments should address one or more of the following points:

a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of OTS;

b. The accuracy of OTS's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection;

c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

d. Ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of information technology.

We will summarize the comments that we receive and include them in the OTS request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this notice, OTS is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection.

Title of Proposal: Privacy of Consumer Financial Information.

OMB Number: 1550-0103.

Form Numbers: N/A.

Regulation Requirement: 12 CFR Part 573.

Description: These information collections are required under section 504 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (Act), Public Law No. 106-102. Section 502 of the Act prohibits a financial institution from disclosing nonpublic personal information about a consumer to nonaffiliated third parties unless the institution satisfies various disclosure requirements (i.e., provides a privacy notice and opt out notice) and the consumer has not elected to opt out of the disclosure. Section 504 requires the Office of Thrift Supervision, as well as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission to issue regulations as necessary to implement the notice requirements and restrictions.

Consumers use the privacy notice information to determine whether they want personal information disclosed to third parties that are not affiliated with the institution. Further, consumers use the opt-out notice mechanism to advise the institution of their wishes regarding disclosure of their personal information. Institutions use the opt-out information to determine the wishes of their consumers and to act appropriately.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 68,378.

Estimated Burden Hours per Responses: 80 hours for de novos and acquisitions; 8 hours for institutions; and .5 hours for customers.

Estimated Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Total Burden: 44,543 hours.

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Dated: September 10, 2009.

Ira L. Mills,

Paperwork Clearance Officer, Office of Thrift Supervision.

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[FR Doc. E9-22167 Filed 9-14-09; 8:45 am]