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

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SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given of the final approval of a proposed information collection 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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). Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202-263-4869), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551.

OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503.

Final Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Extension for Three Years, Without Revision, of the Following Report

Report title: Recordkeeping Requirements of Regulation H and Regulation K Associated with Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Programs.

Agency form number: Reg K.

OMB control number: 7100-0310.

Frequency: Annually.

Reporters: State member banks; Edge and agreement corporations; and U.S. branches, agencies, and other offices of foreign banks supervised by the Federal Reserve.

Estimated annual reporting hours: Establish compliance program, 128 hours; and maintenance of compliance program, 4,476 hours.

Estimated average hours per response: Establish compliance program, 16 hours; and maintenance of compliance program, 4 hours.

Number of respondents: Establish compliance program, 8; and maintenance of compliance program, 1,119.

General description of report: This information collection is mandatory pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) (31 U.S.C. 513(h)). In addition, sections 11, 21, 25, and 25A of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 248(a), 483, 602, and 611(a)) authorize the Federal Reserve to require the information collection and recordkeeping requirements set forth in Regulations K and H. Section 5 of the Bank Holding Company Act (12 U.S.C. 1844) and section 13(a) of the International Banking Act (12 U.S.C. 3108(a)) provide further authority for sections 211.5(m) and 211.24(j)(1) of Regulation K. Since the Federal Reserve does not collect any information, no issue of confidentiality normally arises. However, if a BSA compliance program becomes a Federal Reserve record during an examination, the information may be protected from disclosure under exemptions (b)(4) and (8) of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4) and (b)(8)).

Abstract: Sections 211.5(m)(1) and 211.24(j)(1) of Regulation K require Edge and agreement corporations and U.S. branches, agencies, and other offices of foreign banks supervised by the Federal Reserve to establish and maintain procedures reasonably designed to ensure and monitor compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and related regulations. Section 208.63 of Regulation H requires state member banks to establish and maintain the same procedures. There are no required reporting forms associated with this information collection.

Current actions: On January 6, 2012, the Federal Reserve published a notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 794) requesting public comment for 60 days on the extension, without revision, of the Recordkeeping Requirements of Regulation H and Regulation K Associated with Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Programs. The comment period for this notice expired on March 6, 2012. The Federal Reserve did not receive any comments.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, March 12, 2012.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

[FR Doc. 2012-6347 Filed 3-15-12; 8:45 am]

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