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AGENCY:

Federal Housing Finance Agency.

ACTION:

30-day Notice of Submission of Information Collection for Approval from the Office of Management and Budget.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is seeking public comments concerning the information collection known as “Capital Requirements for the Federal Home Loan Banks,” which has been assigned control number 2590-0002 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). FHFA will submit the information collection to OMB for review and approval of a three-year extension of the control number, which is due to expire on October 31, 2013.

DATES:

Interested persons may submit comments on or before November 22, 2013.

Comments: Submit comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Washington, DC 20503, Fax: 202-395-6974, Email: OIRA_Submisson@omb.eop.gov. Please also submit comments to FHFA using any one of the following methods:

  • Email: RegComments@fhfa.gov. Please include Proposed Collection; Comment Request: “Capital Requirements for the Federal Home Loan Banks, (No. 2013-N-12)” in the subject line of the message.
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. If you submit your comment to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, please also send it by email to FHFA at RegComments@fhfa.gov to ensure timely receipt by the agency.
  • Mail/Hand Delivery: Federal Housing Finance Agency, Eighth Floor, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20024, ATTENTION: Public Comments/Proposed Collection; Comment Request: “Capital Requirements for the Federal Home Loan Banks, (No. 2013-N-12).”

We will post all public comments we receive without change, including any personal information you provide, such as your name, address, email address, and telephone number, on the FHFA Web site at http://www.fhfa.gov. In addition, copies of all comments received will be available for examination by the public on business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Eighth Floor, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. To make an appointment to inspect comments, please call the Office of General Counsel at 202-649-3804.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jonathan F. Curtis, Financial Analyst, Division of Federal Home Loan Bank Regulation, at 202-649-3321 (not a toll free number), Jonathan.Curtis@fhfa.gov, or by regular mail at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. The telephone number for the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf is 800-877-8339.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Need For and Use of the Information Collection

Each of the twelve regional Federal Home Loan Banks (Banks) is structured as a member-owned cooperative. An institution that is eligible for membership in a particular Bank must purchase and hold a prescribed minimum amount of the Bank's capital stock in order to become and remain a member of that Bank.[1] With few exceptions, only an institution that is a member of a Bank may obtain access to secured loans, known as advances, or other products provided by that Bank.

Section 6 of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (Bank Act) establishes the capital structure for the Banks and requires FHFA to issue regulations prescribing uniform capital standards applicable to all of the Banks.[2] These implementing regulations are set forth in 12 CFR parts 930, 931, 932, and 933: part 930 contains definitions applicable to the capital regulations; part 931 establishes the requirements for the Banks' capital stock; part 932 establishes risk-based and total capital requirements for the Banks; and part 933 sets forth the requirements for the Banks' “capital structure plans” under which each Bank establishes its own capital structure within the parameters of the statute and FHFA's implementing regulations.

Both the Bank Act and FHFA's regulations state that a Bank's capital structure plan must require its members to maintain a minimum investment in the Bank's capital stock, which is to be determined for each member in a manner prescribed by the board of directors of the Bank and reflected in the Bank's capital structure plan.[3] Although each Bank's capital structure plan establishes a slightly different method for calculating the required minimum stock investment for its members, each Bank's method is tied to some degree to both the level of assets held by the member institution (typically referred to as a “membership stock purchase requirement”) and the amount of advances or other business engaged in between the member and the Bank (typically referred to as an “activity-based stock purchase requirement”).

The Banks use this information collection to determine the amount of capital stock a member must purchase to maintain membership in and to obtain services from the Bank under its capital structure plan, and to confirm that its members are complying with the Start Printed Page 63205Bank's stock purchase requirements. Although the required information and the precise method through which it is collected differ from Bank to Bank, there are for each Bank typically two components to the information collection. First, in order to calculate and monitor compliance with its membership stock purchase requirement, a Bank typically requires each member to provide and/or confirm a quarterly or annual report on the amount and types of assets held by that institution. Second, at the time it engages in a business transaction with a member, each Bank typically confirms with the member the amount of additional Bank capital stock, if any, the member must acquire in order to satisfy the Bank's activity-based stock purchase requirement and the method through which the member will acquire that stock.

The OMB number for the information collection is 2590-0002, which is due to expire on October 31, 2013. The likely respondents include Bank members.

B. Burden Estimate

FHFA has analyzed the cost and hour burden for the two facets of this information collection: the membership stock purchase requirement and the activity-based stock purchase requirement.

FHFA estimates the total annual average number of “membership stock purchase requirement” respondents at 30,416 (7,604 respondents x 4 quarterly responses per respondent). The estimate for the average hours per response is 0.71 hours. The estimate for the annual hour burden for “membership stock purchase requirement” respondents is 21,595 hours (7,604 respondents x 4 responses per respondent x 0.71 hours per response). The estimate for the annual cost burden is $1,390,924.

FHFA estimates the total annual average number of “activity-based stock purchase requirement” respondents at 81,120 (312 daily transactions x 260 working days), with 1 response per respondent. The estimate for the average hours per response is 0.16 hours. The estimate for the annual hour burden for “activity-based stock purchase requirement” respondents is 12,979 hours (81,120 average daily borrower responses x 0.16 average hours per response). The estimate for the annual cost burden for member respondents is $856,627.

The estimated total annual hour burden on Bank members from this information collection is 34,574 hours. The aggregate total annual cost to Bank members is $2,247,551. The estimated total annual number of submissions is 111,536.

C. Comment Request

In accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR 1320.8(d), FHFA published a request for public comments regarding this information collection in the Federal Register on July 1, 2013. See 78 FR 39293 (July 1, 2013). The 60-day comment period closed on August 30, 2013. No public comments were received.

FHFA requests written comments on the following: (1) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FHFA functions, including whether the information has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FHFA's estimates of the burdens of the collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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Dated: September 30, 2013.

Kevin Winkler,

Chief Information Officer, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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[FR Doc. 2013-24734 Filed 10-22-13; 8:45 am]

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