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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 (PRA) 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:

Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Michelle Shore—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, with revision, of the following report:

Report title: Intermittent Survey of Businesses.

Agency form number: FR 1374.

OMB control number: 7100-0302.

Frequency: On occasion.

Reporters: Businesses and state and local governments.

Estimated annual reporting hours: 205 hours.

Estimated average hours per response: 15 minutes.

Number of respondents: 250.

General description of report: This information collection is voluntary (12 U.S.C. 225a and 263) and may be given confidential treatment (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)).

Abstract: The survey data are used by the Federal Reserve to gather information specifically tailored to the Federal Reserve's policy and operational responsibilities. There are two parts to this event-generated survey. First, the Federal Reserve staff survey business contacts as economic developments warrant. Currently, they conduct these surveys with approximately 240 business respondents for each survey. It is necessary to conduct these surveys to provide timely information to the members of the Board and to the presidents of the Reserve Banks. Usually, these surveys are conducted by Federal Reserve economists telephoning or emailing purchasing managers, economists, or other knowledgeable individuals at selected, relevant businesses. The frequency and content of the questions, as well as the entities contacted, vary depending on developments in the economy. Second, economists survey business contacts by telephone, inquiring about current business conditions. The economists conduct these surveys as economic conditions require, with approximately ten respondents for each survey.

Current actions: The Federal Reserve proposed to revise the panel to include state and local governments as economic conditions may warrant. Given that state and local governments now account for about 12 percent of total Gross Domestic Product, it may be important at times to survey these governments for up-to-date information about developments in this sector.

On June 15, 2010, the Federal Reserve published a notice in the Federal Register (75 FR 33805) seeking public comment for 60 days on the extension, with revision, of the Intermittent Survey of Businesses. The comment period for this notice expired on August 16, 2010. The Federal Reserve did not receive any comments. The revisions will be implemented as proposed.

Final approval under OMB delegated authority of the extension for three years, without revision, of the following reports:

1. 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.

Estimated annual reporting hours: 151,134 hours.

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

Number of respondents: 519 State member banks, and 133 mortgage subsidiaries.

General description of report: This information collection is mandatory (12 U.S.C. 2803(j)). 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(j)(2)(B)).

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.

2. Report title: Disclosure Requirements in Connection with Regulation CC (Expedited Funds Availability Act (EFAA)).

Agency form number: Reg CC.

OMB control number: 7100-0235.

Frequency: Event-generated.

Reporters: State member banks and uninsured state branches and agencies of foreign banks.

Annual reporting hours: 202,396 hours.

Estimated average hours per response: Banks: Specific availability policy disclosure and initial disclosures, 1 minute; notice in specific policy disclosure, 3 minutes; notice of exceptions, 3 minutes; locations where employees accept consumer deposits, 15 minutes; annual notice of new automated teller machines (ATMs), 5 hours; ATM changes in policy, 20 hours; notice of nonpayment, 1 minute; expedited recredit for consumers, 15 minutes; expedited recredit for banks, 15 minutes; consumer awareness, 1 minute. Consumers: Expedited recredit claim notice, 15 minutes.

Number of respondents: 1,060.

General description of report: This information collection is mandatory. Reg CC is authorized pursuant the EFAA, as amended, and the Check 21 Act (12 U.S.C. 4008 and 12 U.S.C. 5014, respectively). Because the Federal Reserve does not collect any information, no issue of confidentiality arises. However, if, during a compliance Start Printed Page 52530examination of a financial institution, a violation or possible violation of the EFAA or the Check 21 Act is noted then information regarding such violation may be kept confidential pursuant to Section (b)(8) of the Freedom of Information Act. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(8).

Abstract: Regulation CC requires banks to make funds deposited in transaction accounts available within specified time periods, disclose their availability policies to customers, and begin accruing interest on such deposits promptly. The disclosures are intended to alert customers that their ability to use deposited funds may be delayed, prevent unintentional (and potentially costly) overdrafts, and allow customers to compare the policies of different banks before deciding at which bank to deposit funds. The regulation also requires notice to the depositary bank and to a customer of nonpayment of a check. Model disclosure forms, clauses, and notices are appended to the regulation to ease compliance.

Current Actions: On June 15, 2010, the Federal Reserve published a notice in the Federal Register (75 FR 33806) seeking public comment for 60 days on the extension, without revision, of the FR HMDA-LAR and Reg CC. The comment period for this notice expired on August 16, 2010. The Federal Reserve did not receive comments on the Reg CC proposal. The Federal Reserve received one comment on the FR HMDA/LAR proposal from an individual that discussed the merits of a national loan identification number, however, the points raised were beyond the scope of the PRA clearance process.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 23, 2010.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 2010-21233 Filed 8-25-10; 8:45 am]

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