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AGENCY:

Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Notice of intent to request public comments.

SUMMARY:

As part of its ongoing, systematic review of all Federal Trade Commission rules and guides, the Commission announces a modified ten-year regulatory review schedule. No Commission determination on the need for, or the substance of, the rules and guides listed below should be inferred from the notice of intent to publish requests for comments.

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DATES:

Effective May 23, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Further details about particular rules or guides may be obtained from the contact person listed below for the rule or guide.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

To ensure that its rules and industry guides remain relevant and are not unduly burdensome, the Commission reviews them on a ten-year schedule. Each year the Commission publishes its review schedule, with adjustments made in response to public input, changes in the marketplace, and resource demands.

When the Commission reviews a rule or guide, it publishes a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the continuing need for the rule or guide as well as the rule's or guide's costs and benefits to consumers and businesses. Based on this feedback, the Commission may modify or repeal the rule or guide to address public concerns or changed conditions, or to reduce undue regulatory burden.

The Commission posts information about its review schedule on its Web site [1] to facilitate comment about rules and guides. This Web site provides links in one location to Federal Register notices requesting comments, comment forms, and comments for rules and guides that are currently under review. The Web site also contains a continuously updated review schedule, a list of rules and guides previously eliminated in the regulatory review process, and the Commission's regulatory review plan.

Modified Ten-Year Schedule for Review of FTC Rules and Guides

For 2013, the Commission intends to initiate reviews of, and solicit public comments on, the following rules:

(1) Telemarketing Sales Rule, 16 CFR Part 310. Agency Contact: Karen S. Hobbs, (202) 326-3587, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Marketing Practices, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20580.

(2) Regulations under Section 4 of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, 16 CFR Part 500. Agency Contact: Stephen C. Ecklund, (202) 326-2841, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Enforcement, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20580.

(3) Exemptions from Requirements and Prohibitions under Part 500, 16 CFR Part 501. Agency Contact: Stephen C. Ecklund.

(4) Regulations under Section 5(c) of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, 16 CFR Part 502. Agency Contact: Stephen C. Ecklund.

(5) Statements of General Policy or Interpretation [under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act], 16 CFR Part 503. Agency Contact: Stephen C. Ecklund.

The Commission is currently reviewing 22 of the 65 rules and guides within its jurisdiction. Due to the large number of rules and guides under review, the Commission is postponing review of the Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses [Holder in Due Course Rule], 16 CFR Part 433, from 2013 as previously scheduled until 2014.

A copy of the Commission's modified regulatory review schedule for 2013 through 2023 is appended. The Commission, in its discretion, may modify or reorder the schedule in the future to incorporate new rules, or to respond to external factors (such as changes in the law) or other considerations.

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41-58.

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By direction of the Commission.

Donald S. Clark,

Secretary.

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Appendix

Regulatory Review Modified Ten-Year Schedule

16 CFR PartTopicYear to review
20Guides for the Rebuilt, Reconditioned and Other Used Automobile Parts IndustryCurrently Under Review.
23Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter IndustriesCurrently Under Review.
239Guides for the Advertising of Warranties and GuaranteesCurrently Under Review.
240Guides for Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services [Fred Meyer Guides]Currently Under Review.
254Guides for Private Vocational and Distance Education SchoolsCurrently Under Review.
259Guide Concerning Fuel Economy Advertising for New AutomobilesCurrently Under Review.
300Rules and Regulations under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939Currently Under Review.
301Rules and Regulations under Fur Products Labeling ActCurrently Under Review.
303Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification ActCurrently Under Review.
305Appliance Labeling RuleCurrently Under Review.
306Automotive Fuel Ratings, Certification and PostingCurrently Under Review.
308Trade Regulation Rule Pursuant to the Telephone Disclosure and Dispute Resolution Act of 1992 [Pay Per Call Rule]Currently Under Review.
423Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece GoodsCurrently Under Review.
424Retail Food Store Advertising and Marketing Practices [Unavailability Rule]Currently Under Review.
425Use of Prenotification Negative Option PlansCurrently Under Review.
429Rule Concerning the Cooling-Off Period for Sales Made at Homes or at Certain Other LocationsCurrently Under Review.
435Mail or Telephone Order MerchandiseCurrently Under Review.
455Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation RuleCurrently Under Review.
700Interpretations of Magnuson-Moss Warranty ActCurrently Under Review.
701Disclosure of Written Consumer Product Warranty Terms and ConditionsCurrently Under Review.
702Pre-Sale Availability of Written Warranty TermsCurrently Under Review.
703Informal Dispute Settlement ProceduresCurrently Under Review.
310Telemarketing Sales Rule2013.
500Regulations under Section 4 of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act2013.
501Exemptions from Requirements and Prohibitions under Part 5002013.
502Regulations under Section 5(c) of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act2013.
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503Statements of General Policy or Interpretation [under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act]2013.
304Rules and Regulations under the Hobby Protection Act2014.
314Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information2014.
433Preservation of Consumers' Claims and Defenses [Holder in Due Course Rule]2014.
315Contact Lens Rule2015.
316CAN-SPAM Rule2015.
456Ophthalmic Practice Rules (Eyeglass Rule)2015.
460Labeling and Advertising of Home Insulation2016.
682Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records2016.
233Guides Against Deceptive Pricing2017.
238Guides Against Bait Advertising2017.
251Guide Concerning Use of the Word “Free” and Similar Representations2017.
410Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets2017.
18Guides for the Nursery Industry2018.
311Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil2018.
436Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising2018.
681Identity Theft [Red Flag] Rules2018.
24Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products2019.
453Funeral Industry Practices2019.
14Administrative Interpretations, General Policy Statements, and Enforcement Policy Statements2020.
255Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising2020.
313Privacy of Consumer Financial Information2020.
317Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation Rule2020.
318Health Breach Notification Rule2020.
432Power Output Claims for Amplifiers Utilized in Home Entertainment Products2020.
444Credit Practices2020.
640Duties of Creditors Regarding Risk-Based Pricing2020.
641Duties of Users of Consumer Reports Regarding Address Discrepancies2020.
642Prescreen Opt-Out Notice2020.
660Duties of Furnishers of Information to Consumer Reporting Agencies2020.
680Affiliate Marketing2020.
698Model Forms and Disclosures2020.
801[Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act] Coverage Rules2020.
802[Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act] Exemption Rules2020.
803[Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act] Transmittal Rules2020.
437Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Business Opportunities2021.
260Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims2022.
312Childrens' Online Privacy Protection Rule2022.
309Labeling Requirements for Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fueled Vehicles2023.
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[FR Doc. 2013-12231 Filed 5-22-13; 8:45 am]

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