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Proposed Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Request for Coverage Determination

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AGENCY:

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION:

Notice of intent to request OMB approval of information collection.

SUMMARY:

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) intends to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, a collection of information necessary for PBGC to determine whether a plan is covered under title IV of the Employee Retirement Security Income Act of 1974. This notice informs the public of PBGC's intent and solicits public comment on the collection of information.

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before February 4, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: paperwork.comments@pbgc.gov.
  • Mail or Hand Delivery: Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-4026.

All submissions received must include the agency's name (Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, or PBGC) and refer to the Coverage Determination Request Form. All comments received will be posted without change to PBGC's website, http://www.pbgc.gov, including any personal information provided.

Copies of the collection of information may also be obtained by writing to Disclosure Division, Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-4026, or calling 202-326-4040 during normal business hours. TTY users may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-4040. PBGC's laws and procedures for coverage determinations may be accessed on PBGC's website at http://www.pbgc.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Melissa Rifkin (rifkin.melissa@pbgc.gov), Attorney, Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-4026; 202-326-4400, extension 6563. (TTY users may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-4400, extension 6563.)

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

PBGC insures defined benefit pension plans covered under title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Covered plans are those described in section 4021(a) of ERISA but not those described in section 4021(b)(1)-(13). If a question arises about whether a plan is covered under title IV, PBGC may make a coverage determination.

The proposed form and instructions would be used by a plan sponsor or plan administrator to request a coverage determination and would be suitable for all types of requests. The proposed form would highlight the four plan types for which coverage determinations are most frequently requested: (1) Church plans as listed in section 4021(b)(3) of ERISA; (2) plans that are established and maintained exclusively for the benefit of plan sponsors' substantial owners as listed in section 4021(b)(9); (3) plans covering, since September 2, 1974, no more than 25 active participants that are established and maintained by professional services employers as listed in section 4021(b)(13); and (4) Puerto Rico-based plans within the meaning of section 1022(i)(1) of ERISA.

PBGC needs this information collection to determine whether a plan is covered or not covered under title IV. Information provided to PBGC would be confidential to the extent provided in the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.

PBGC estimates that 425 forms would be submitted each year. PBGC estimates that each form would require approximately 20 hours to complete by a combination of plan office staff (50%) and outside professionals (attorneys and actuaries) (50%). PBGC estimates an annual hour burden of 4,250 hours (based on plan office time). The estimated dollar equivalent of this hour burden, based on an assumed hourly rate of $75 for administrative, clerical, and supervisory time is $318,750. PBGC estimates an annual cost burden of $1,487,500 (based on 4,250 professional hours assuming an average hourly rate of $350).

PBGC intends to request that OMB approve PBGC's use of this form for three years. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

PBGC is soliciting public comments to—

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodologies and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; andStart Printed Page 62630
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g. permitting electronic submission of responses.
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Issued in Washington, DC.

Hilary Duke,

Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

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[FR Doc. 2018-26278 Filed 12-3-18; 8:45 am]

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