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FDIC Federal Register Citations
[Federal Register: July 14, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 135)]
[Notices]
[Page 40119-40121]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; 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: Joint notice and request for comment.

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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
(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. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
(FFIEC), of which the agencies are members, has approved the agencies'
publication for public comment of a proposal to extend, with revision
the Foreign Branch Report of Condition (FFIEC 030), which is a
currently approved information collection for each agency. At the end
of the comment period, the comments and recommendations received will
be analyzed to determine the extent to which the FFIEC should modify
the report. The agencies will then submit the report to OMB for review
and approval.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before September 12, 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: 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 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, 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 docket
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 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.
. E-mail: comments@fdic.gov. Include ``Foreign Branch Report

of Condition, 3064-0011'' in the subject line of the message.
Mail: Steven F. Hanft (202-898-3907), Paperwork Clearance
Officer, Room MB-3064, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20429.
Hand Delivery: Comments may be hand delivered to the guard
station at the rear of the 550 17th Street Building

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(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:
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, 202-898-3907, Room MB-3064, 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 contains 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.
All foreign branches of U.S. banks regardless of charter type file this
report with the appropriate Federal Reserve District Bank. The Federal
Reserve collects this information on behalf of the U.S. bank's primary
federal bank regulatory agency.

Current Actions

To reduce respondent burden, the agencies propose to eliminate five
reporting items for branches with total assets in excess of $250
million, create a short form (FFIEC 030S) containing five items to be
filed annually by branches with total assets of between $50 million and
$250 million (in lieu of filing the entire FFIEC 030 form), and
eliminate the filing requirement for branches with less than $50
million in total assets. Of the current number of 689 branch
respondents, 231 branch respondents have total assets of between $50
million and $250 million and 226 respondents have less than $50 million
in total assets.\1\ Thus, under this proposal reporting burden would be
significantly reduced or eliminated for approximately two-thirds of the
respondents.
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\1\ Respondents are permitted to report branches in a single
country on a consolidated basis. Therefore, the number of branch
respondents in each asset category does not equal the actual number
of reports filed with the agencies.
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Discussion of Proposed Revisions

A. Revisions to the FFIEC 030

The agencies propose to 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 to be
eliminated are:
Asset item 6.d, ``Loans to foreign governments and
official institutions.'' Amounts would 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 would be included in current item
13, ``Other assets.''
Asset item 9, ``Accrued interest receivable.'' Amounts
would be included in current item 13, ``Other assets.''
Liability item 19, ``Bank's liability on acceptances
executed and outstanding.'' Amounts would be included in current item
24, ``Other liabilities.''
Liability item 20, ``Accrued taxes and other expenses.''
Amounts would be included in current item 24, ``Other liabilities.''
The revisions to the FFIEC 030 reporting form are proposed to be
effective with the December 31, 2006, reporting date.

B. Implementation of the FFIEC 030S

The agencies propose to create an abbreviated or ``short'' report
(FFIEC 030S) containing five items that branches with total assets
between $50 million and $250 million would file on an annual basis in
lieu of the FFIEC 030 form. The scope of the FFIEC 030S would be
comparable to a report filed with the Federal Reserve by U.S. banking
organizations for their foreign subsidiaries.\2\ The items proposed 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 would also be used to
monitor potential developments that

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may pose risks to the overall operations of the parent bank. The items
proposed for the FFIEC 030S are:
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\2\ 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 (combination of current
FFIEC 030 liability items 22 and 23).
Total gross notional amount of derivative contracts
(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 (combination of current FFIEC
030 off-balance sheet items 29 and 30).
The FFIEC 030S reporting form is proposed to be effective with the
December 31, 2006, reporting date.

C. Exempt Entities

The agencies propose to 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' estimate 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: June 27, 2006.
James Gillespie,
Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, July 10, 2006.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
Dated at Washington, DC, this 7th day of July, 2006.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corportation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 06-6228 Filed 7-13-06; 8:45 am]

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