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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.


Notice, request for comment.


The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) invites comment on a proposal to extend for three years, without revision, the Written Security Program for State Member Banks (FR 4004; OMB No. 7100-0112).


Comments must be submitted on or before June 18, 2019.


You may submit comments, identified by FR 4004, by any of the following methods:

All public comments are available on the Board's website at​apps/​foia/​proposedregs.aspx as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper in Room 146, 1709 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. For security reasons, the Board requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 452-3684. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and to submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments.

Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the 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, or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

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A copy of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB's public docket files, if approved. These documents will also be made available on the Board's public website at​apps/​reportforms/​review.aspx or may be requested from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below.

Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, 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.

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On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board authority under the PRA to approve and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. In exercising this delegated authority, the Board is directed to take every reasonable step to solicit comment. In determining whether to approve a collection of information, the Board will consider all comments received from the public and other agencies.

Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal

The Board invites public comment on the following information collection, which is being reviewed under authority delegated by the OMB under the PRA. Comments are invited on the following:

a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Board's functions, including whether the information has practical utility;

b. The accuracy of the Board's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and

e. Estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

At the end of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will be analyzed to determine the extent to which the Board should modify the proposal.

Proposal Under OMB Delegated Authority To Extend for Three Years, Without Revision, the Following Information Collection

Report title: Written Security Program for State Member Banks.

Agency form number: FR 4004.

OMB control number: 7100-0112.

Frequency: On occasion.

Respondents: State member banks.

Estimated number of respondents: 26.

Estimated average hours per response: 1 hour.

Estimated annual burden hours: 26.

General description of report: This information collection arises from a recordkeeping requirement contained in section 208.61 of the Board's Regulation H, which requires each state member bank to develop and maintain a written security program for the bank's main office and branches within 180 days of becoming a member of the Federal Reserve System. There is no formal reporting form for this collection of information (the FR 4004 designation is for internal purposes only), and the information is not submitted to the Federal Reserve System.

Legal authorization and confidentiality: The FR 4004 recordkeeping requirement is authorized by section 3 of the Bank Protection Act of 1968, which requires federal banking agencies to issue rules establishing minimum standards for banks with respect to the installation, maintenance, and operation of security devices and procedures to discourage robberies, burglaries, and larcenies and to assist in the identification and apprehension of persons who commit such acts.[1]

The FR 4004 is mandatory. Because there is no reporting requirement associated with this recordkeeping requirement, the issue of confidentiality does not normally arise. If a bank's written security program were retained during the course of an examination, it would be exempt from disclosure under exemption 8 of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), which protects bank examination material.[2] In addition, the records may also be exempt from disclosure under exemption 4 of the FOIA, which protects from disclosure “trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential.” [3]

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 16, 2019.

Yao-Chin Chao,

Assistant Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 2019-07874 Filed 4-18-19; 8:45 am]