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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Provisions Pertaining to Certain Investments in the United States by Foreign Persons and Provisions Pertaining to Certain Transactions by Foreign Persons Involving Real Estate in the United States

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AGENCY:

Departmental Offices, U.S. Department of the Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Treasury will submit the following information collection requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, on or after the date of publication of this notice. The public is invited to submit comments on these requests.

DATES:

Comments should be received on or before September 30, 2020 to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting “Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments” or by using the search function.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Copies of the submissions may be obtained from Spencer W. Clark by emailing PRA@treasury.gov, calling (202) 927-5331, or viewing the entire information collection request at www.reginfo.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Provisions Pertaining to Certain Investments in the United States by Foreign Persons and Provisions Pertaining to Certain Transactions by Foreign Persons Involving Real Estate in the United States.

OMB Control Number: 1505-0121.

Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection.

Description: Section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (section 721), provides the President, acting through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United

States (CFIUS or the Committee), authority to review certain foreign investments in the United States in order to determine the effects of those transactions on the national security of the United States. In August 2018, section 721 was amended by the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), Subtitle A of Title XVII, Public Law 115-232, 132 Stat. 2173 (Aug. 13, 2018). FIRRMA maintains CFIUS's jurisdiction over any merger, acquisition, or takeover that could result in foreign control of any U.S. business, and broadens the authorities of the President and CFIUS under section 721 to review and take action to address any national security concerns arising from certain noncontrolling investments and certain real estate transactions involving foreign persons.

Executive Order 13456, 73 FR 4677 (Jan. 23, 2008), directs the Secretary of the Treasury to issue regulations implementing section 721. Most recently, on January 17, 2020, the Department of the Treasury issued final regulations (85 FR 3112 and 85 FR 3158) implementing FIRRMA, including information collections related to notices and declarations filed with or submitted to the Committee regarding transactions that could result in foreign control of a U.S. business, certain noncontrolling investments and certain Start Printed Page 53906real estate transactions involving foreign persons.

In May 2020, the Department of the Treasury launched a new CFIUS Case Management System, featuring an online public portal for external parties to submit declarations and file notices with CFIUS in a standard form. As of June 1, 2020 use of this online system is now mandatory for all CFIUS submissions and filings. The only substantive change related to the information required in order for CFIUS to review a declaration or notice is the requirement that parties use the new online public portal to submit declarations and file notices, instead of by email.

Form: None.

Affected Public: Individuals and entities.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,100.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Total Number of Annual Responses: 1,100.

Estimated Time per Response: Varies from 15-20 hours per declaration and 116-130 hours per notice.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 57,400 hours.

(Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.)

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Dated: August 26, 2020.

Spencer W. Clark,

Treasury PRA Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2020-19147 Filed 8-28-20; 8:45 am]

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