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FDIC Federal Register Citations
[Federal Register: October 6, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 194)]
[Notices]
[Page 59110-59112]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB
Review; Joint Comment Request

AGENCIES: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury;
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board); and Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

ACTION: Notice of information collection to be submitted to OMB for
review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the OCC, the Board, and the FDIC
(collectively, the ``agencies'') may not conduct or sponsor, and the
respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection
unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) control number.
On July 14, 2006, the agencies, under the auspices of the Federal
Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), published a notice
in the Federal Register (71 FR 40119) requesting public comment for 60
days on the extension, with revision, of the Foreign Branch Report of
Condition (FFIEC 030), which is a currently approved information
collection for each agency. The comment period for this notice expired
on September 12, 2006. No comments were received. The agencies are now
submitting requests to OMB for approval of the extension, with
revision, of the FFIEC 030.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 6, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to
any or all of the agencies. All comments, which should refer to the OMB
control number, will be shared among the agencies.
OCC: You should direct your comments to: Communications Division,
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Public Information Room,
Mailstop 1-5, Attention: 1557-0099, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC
20219. In addition, comments may be sent by fax to 202-874-4448, or by
electronic mail to regs.comments@occ.treas.gov. You can

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inspect and photocopy the comments at the OCC's Public Information
Room, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. You can make an
appointment to inspect the comments by calling 202-874-5043.
Board: You may submit comments, identified by FFIEC 030 (7100-
0071), by any of the following methods:
Agency Web site: http://www.federalreserve.gov Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the http://.

http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
E-mail: regs.comments@federalreserve.gov. Include the OMB
control number in the subject line of the message.
Fax: 202-452-3819 or 202-452-3102.
Mail: Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary, Board of Governors
of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue,
NW., Washington, DC 20551.
All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at
http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm 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 MP-500 of the Board's Martin Building (20th and C
Streets, NW.) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
FDIC: You may submit written comments, which should refer to
``Foreign Branch Report of Condition, 3064-0011,'' by any of the
following methods:
Agency Web site: http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/notices.html.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments

on the FDIC Web site.
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
E-mail: comments@fdic.gov. Include ``Foreign Branch Report
of Condition, 3064-0011'' in the subject line of the message.
Mail: Steven F. Hanft, Clearance Officer (202-898-3907),
Attention: Comments, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429.
Hand Delivery/Courier: Comments may be hand delivered to
the guard station at the rear of the 550 17th Street Building (located
on F Street) on business days between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Public Inspection: All comments received will be posted without
change to http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/notices.html
including any personal information provided. Comments may be inspected
at the FDIC Public Information Center, Room E-1002, 3502 North Fairfax
Drive, Arlington, VA 22226, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days.
Additionally, commenters should send a copy of their comments to
the OMB Desk Officer for the agencies by mail to the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information or a copy of
the collection may be requested from:
OCC: Mary Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officer, or Camille Dickerson,
202-874-5090, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC
20219.
Board: Michelle Long, Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer, 202-
452-3829, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of
the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets, NW., Washington, DC
20551. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may call 202-
263-4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C
Streets, NW., Washington, DC 20551.
FDIC: Steven F. Hanft, Clearance Officer, at shanft@fdic.gov, (202-
898-3907), Room MB-2088, Legal Division, Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposal to request approval from OMB of the
extension for three years, with revision, of the following currently
approved collections of information:
Report Title: Foreign Branch Report of Condition.
Form Numbers: FFIEC 030 and FFIEC 030S.
Frequency of Response: Annually, and quarterly for significant
branches.
Affected Public: Business or other for profit.

OCC

OMB Number: 1557-0099.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 118 annual branch respondents
(FFIEC 030); 73 quarterly branch respondents (FFIEC 030); 200 annual
branch respondents (FFIEC 030S).
Estimated Average Time per Response: 3.4 burden hours (FFIEC 030);
0.5 burden hours (FFIEC 030S).
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 1,494 burden hours.

Board

OMB Number: 7100-0071.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 17 annual branch respondents
(FFIEC 030); 16 quarterly branch respondents (FFIEC 030); 24 annual
branch respondents (FFIEC 030S).
Estimated Average Time per Response: 3.4 burden hours (FFIEC 030);
0.5 burden hours (FFIEC 030S).
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 288 burden hours.

FDIC

OMB Number: 3064-0011.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 6 annual respondents (FFIEC 030);
2 quarterly respondents (FFIEC 030); 7 annual respondents (FFIEC 030S).
Estimated Average Time per Response: 3.4 burden hours (FFIEC 030);
0.5 burden hours (FFIEC 030S).
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 51 burden hours.

General Description of Reports

This information collection is mandatory: 12 U.S.C. 321, 324, and
602 (Board); 12 U.S.C. 602 (OCC); and 12 U.S.C. 1828 (FDIC). This
information collection is given confidential treatment (5 U.S.C.
552(b)(8)).

Abstract

The FFIEC 030 and FFIEC 030S contain asset and liability
information for foreign branches of insured U.S. commercial banks and
state-chartered savings banks and is required for regulatory and
supervisory purposes. The information is used to analyze the foreign
operations of U.S. banks. Foreign branches of U.S. banks that have in
excess of $250 million in total assets file the FFIEC 030, with
significant branches submitting the report quarterly and other branches
in this size range submitting the report annually as of December 31.
Foreign branches with total assets between $50 million and $250 million
file the abbreviated FFIEC 030S report annually as of December 31.
Foreign branches with less than $50 million in total assets are exempt
from reporting. All reports are filed with the appropriate Federal
Reserve District Bank. The Federal Reserve collects this information on
behalf of the parent U.S. bank's primary federal bank regulatory
agency.

Current Actions

In response to the July 14, 2006, notice published in the Federal
Register (71 FR 40119), the agencies did not receive any comments. The
revisions to

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the FFIEC 030 have been approved by the FFIEC as originally proposed
and are summarized below. The agencies will implement the changes as of
the December 31, 2006, reporting date.

Listing of Revisions

A. Revisions to the FFIEC 030

The agencies will reduce reporting burden by eliminating five
reporting items for branches with total assets in excess of $250
million because the aggregate amounts reported in these items have
declined substantially to a nominal amount. The five items being
eliminated are:
Asset item 6.d, ``Loans to foreign governments and
official institutions.'' Amounts will be included in current item 6.e,
``Loans and lease financing receivables: To all others.''
Asset item 7, ``Customers'' liability to this bank on
acceptances outstanding.'' Amounts will be included in current item 13,
``Other assets.''
Asset item 9, ``Accrued interest receivable.'' Amounts
will be included in current item 13, ``Other assets.''
Liability item 19, ``Bank's liability on acceptances
executed and outstanding.'' Amounts will be included in current item
24, ``Other liabilities.''
Liability item 20, ``Accrued taxes and other expenses.''
Amounts will be included in current item 24, ``Other liabilities.''

B. Implementation of the FFIEC 030S

The agencies are creating an abbreviated or ``short'' report (FFIEC
030S) containing five items that branches with total assets between $50
million and $250 million will file on an annual basis in lieu of the
FFIEC 030 form. The scope of the FFIEC 030S is comparable to a report
filed with the Federal Reserve by U.S. banking organizations for their
foreign subsidiaries.\1\ The items for this report are considered the
minimum information needed to serve as indicators of higher business
volume, risk, and complexity in small-sized foreign branches. The
reported information will also be used to monitor potential
developments that may pose risks to the overall operations of the
parent bank. The items for the FFIEC 030S are:
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\1\ Abbreviated Financial Statements of Foreign Subsidiaries of
U.S. Banking Organizations (FR 2314S; OMB No. 7100-0073), filed for
subsidiaries with assets between $50 million and $250 million.
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Gross due from related institutions (a combination of
current FFIEC 030 asset items 11 and 12)
Total assets (current FFIEC 030 asset item 14)
Gross due to related institutions (a combination of
current FFIEC 030 liability items 22 and 23)
Total gross notional amount of derivative contracts (a
combination of current FFIEC 030 derivative items 26, 27, 28, and 31)
Commercial and similar letters of credit, standby letters
of credit, and foreign office guarantees (a combination of current
FFIEC 030 off-balance sheet items 29 and 30)

C. Exempt Entities

The agencies will exempt foreign branches with total assets below
$50 million from both the FFIEC 030 and FFIEC 030S annual filing
requirements.

Request for Comment

Comments are invited on:
a. Whether the information collections are necessary for the
agencies' duties and responsibilities, including whether the
information has practical utility;
b. The accuracy of the agencies' estimates of the burden of the
information collections, 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 the information collections on
respondents, including through the use of automated collection
techniques or other forms of information technology; and
e. Estimates of capital or start up costs and costs of operation,
maintenance, and purchase of services to provide the requested
information.
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be shared among
the agencies. All comments will become a matter of public record.
Written comments should address the accuracy of the burden estimates
and ways to minimize burden, including the use of automated collection
techniques or the use of other forms of information technology, as well
as other relevant aspects of the information collection request.

Dated: September 29, 2006.
Stuart Feldstein,
Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, October 2,
2006.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.

Dated at Washington, DC, this 27th day of September, 2006.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 06-8529 Filed 10-5-06; 8:45 am]

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