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

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AGENCY:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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ACTION:

Temporary approval of information collection, request for comment.

SUMMARY:

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has temporarily revised the Reporting Requirements Associated with Emergency Lending Under Section 13(3) (FR A; OMB No. 7100-0373), pursuant to the authority delegated to the Board by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DATES:

Comments must be submitted on or before July 14, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

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

All public comments are available from the Board's website at https://www.federalreserve.gov/​apps/​foia/​proposedregs.aspx as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons or to remove personally identifiable information at the commenter's request. Accordingly, 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 Office of Management and Budget (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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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. 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.

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On June 15, 1984, OMB delegated to the Board authority under the PRA to approve and assign OMB control numbers to collections of information 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. Pursuant to its delegated authority, the Board may temporarily approve a revision to a collection of information, without providing opportunity for public comment, if the Board determines that a change in an existing collection must be instituted quickly and that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the collection or substantially interfere with the Board's ability to perform its statutory obligation.

As discussed below, the Board has made certain temporary revisions to the FR A information collection. The Board's delegated authority requires that the Board, after temporarily approving a collection, publish a notice soliciting public comment. Therefore, the Board is also inviting comment on a proposal to extend the FR A information collection for three years, with these revisions. The Federal Register notice related to the FR A that was published March 2, 2020, is superseded by this notice.

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.

Approval Under OMB Delegated Authority of the Temporary Revision of the Following Information Collection:

Report title: Reporting Requirements Associated with Emergency Lending Under Section 13(3).

Agency form number: FR A.

OMB control number: 7100-0373.

Frequency: Event-generated.

Respondents: Entities or persons borrowing under an emergency lending program or facility established pursuant to section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act.

Estimated number of respondents: FR A-1: 11,281; FR A-2: 6,449; FR A-3: 13,526.

Estimated average hours per response: FR A-1: 8 hours; FR A-2: 40 hours; FR A-3, Lender certifications: 151 hours; Borrower certifications: 8 hours.

Estimated annual burden hours: 1,032,134.

General description of report: The Board's Regulation A (12 CFR part 201) establishes policies and procedures with respect to emergency lending under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, as required by sections 1101 and 1103 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. These policies and procedures include (1) a certification that a participant in a lending facility is not insolvent;[1] and (2) a certification that a participant in a lending facility is unable to secure adequate credit accommodations from other banking institutions.[2] Currently, Start Printed Page 29449the Board's information collection for Regulation A, the FR A, includes only the former certification; the latter was unintentionally omitted. In addition to the two certifications in Regulation A that apply to all emergency lending authorized under section 13(3), the Board may establish additional certification requirements for an individual emergency lending facility. Depending on the requirements of a particular lending facility, there may be a need to vary the certifications, depending on the facts and circumstances.

The FR A information collection is being revised to contain three parts. The first part of the FR A, the FR A-1, pertains to reporting requirements included in Regulation A, described above. The second part of the FR A, the FR A-2, pertains to reporting requirements associated with individual facilities that are related to requirements of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The third part of the FR A, the FR A-3, pertains to reporting requirements specific to the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility, the Main Street New Loan Facility, and the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (collectively, the “Main Street Lending Program”).

Legal authorization and confidentiality: The FR A is authorized pursuant to section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, which sets out requirements for emergency lending. The obligation to respond is required to obtain a benefit.

The information collected under FR A may be kept confidential under exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, which protects commercial or financial information obtained from a person that is privileged or confidential.

Current actions: The Board has revised the FR A to reflect reporting requirements under facilities created under section 13(3). The newly-created facilities include the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF), Main Street Lending Program, Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF), Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF), Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility (PPPLF), Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF), Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (PMCCF), Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF), and Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF).

The FR A-1 is being revised to include a second certification, which was inadvertently omitted previously and serves as evidence that a person or entity is unable to secure adequate credit accommodations from other banking institutions. The FR A-2 is a new reporting requirement within the FR A collection established through the adoption of the term sheets for the Main Street Lending Program, PMCCF, SMCCF, and TALF. Participants in the facilities must certify that they are eligible to engage in a transaction under the facility, including that the entity is not a covered entity under section 4019 of the CARES Act. The FR A-3 is a new reporting requirement within the FR A collection established through the adoption of the term sheets for the Main Street Lending Program. An eligible lender under MSELF must certify that the methodology used for calculating the eligible borrower's adjusted 2019 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), in order to determine the maximum loan size, is the methodology the eligible lender previously used for adjusting EBITDA when originating or amending the eligible loan on or before April 24, 2020. An eligible lender under MSNLF or MSPLF must certify that the methodology used for calculating the eligible borrower's adjusted 2019 EBITDA in order to determine maximum loan size is the methodology it has previously used for adjusting EBITDA when extending credit to the eligible borrower or similarly situated borrowers on or before April 24, 2020. An eligible borrower must certify that it has a reasonable basis to believe that, as of the date of entering into the relevant transaction and after entering into that transaction, it has the ability to meet its financial obligations for at least the next 90 days and does not expect to file for bankruptcy during that time period. All eligible lenders in the Main Street Lending Program facilities must collect certifications from borrowers.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 12, 2020.

Michele Taylor Fennell,

Assistant Secretary of the Board.

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Footnotes

1.  See 12 CFR 201.4(d)(5)(iv)(A).

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2.  See 12 CFR 201.4(d)(8)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 2020-10467 Filed 5-14-20; 8:45 am]

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