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FDIC Federal Register Citations
[Federal Register: April 6, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 66)]
[Notices]              
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of Thrift Supervision

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); Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); and Office of Thrift Supervision
(OTS), Treasury.

ACTION: Joint notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The OCC, Board, FDIC and OTS (collectively, the Banking
Agencies), as part of their continuing effort to reduce paperwork and
respondent burden, invite the general public and other Federal agencies
to comment on the proposed extension, with revision, of the interagency
Transfer Agent and Amendment Form, as required by the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995. OTS seeks to implement an amendment to section
3(a)(34) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Act), pursuant to
a provision of the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006
(FSRRA), enacted on October 13, 2006. This implementation would
institute the use of the TA-1 for savings associations intending to
engage in transfer agent activities. The Banking 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.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before June 5, 2007.

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(s), will be shared among the agencies.
    OCC: Communications Division, Office of the Comptroller of the
Currency, Public Information Room, Mailstop 1-5, Attention: 1557-0124,
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 comments at
the OCC's Public Information Room, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC
20219. You can make an appointment to inspect comments by calling (202)
874-5043.
    Board: You may submit comments, which should refer to ``FR TA-1,
7100-0099,'' 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 for this information collection 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 ``Transfer
Agent Registration and Amendment Form, 3064-0026'' by any of the
following methods:
     http://www.FDIC.gov/regulations/laws/federal/notices.html.     E-mail: comments@fdic.gov. Include ``Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form, 3064-0026'' in the subject line of the
message.
     Mail: Steven F. Hanft (202-898-3907), Clearance Officer,
Attn: Comments, 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 (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, 3501 Fairfax Drive,
Arlington, VA 22226, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days.
    OTS: You may submit comments, identified by ``1550-NEW (Form TA-
1),'' by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail address: infocollection.comments@ots.treas.gov.
Please include ``1550-NEW (Form TA-1)'' in the subject line of the
message and include your name and telephone number in the message.
     Fax: (202) 906-6518.
     Mail: Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's
Office, Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington,
DC 20552, Attention: ``1550-NEW (Form TA-1).''
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Guard's Desk, East Lobby Entrance,
1700 G Street, NW., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on business days, Attention:
Information Collection Comments, Chief Counsel's Office, Attention:
``1550-NEW (Form TA-1).''

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    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name
and OMB Control Number for this information collection. All comments
received will be posted without change to the OTS Internet Site at
http://www.ots.treas.gov/pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1, including any

personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
comments received, go to http://www.ots.treas.gov/pagehtml.cfm?catNumber=67&an=1.
 In addition, you may inspect comments

at the Public Reading Room, 1700 G Street, NW., by appointment. To make
an appointment for access, call (202) 906-5922, send an e-mail to
public.info@ots.treas.gov
, or send a facsimile transmission to (202)

906-7755. (Prior notice identifying the materials you will be
requesting will assist us in serving you.) We schedule appointments on
business days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. In most cases, appointments
will be available the next business day following the date we receive a
request.
    Additionally, commenters may 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: For further information about the
proposed information collection discussed in this notice, please
contact any of the agency clearance officers whose names appear below.
    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 E. Shore, 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.
    FDIC: Steven F. Hanft, Clearance Officer, (202) 898-3907, Legal
Division, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 550 17th Street, NW.,
Washington, DC 20429.
    OTS: Marilyn K. Burton, OTS Clearance Officer, at
marilyn.burton@ots.treas.gov
, (202) 906-6467, or facsimile number (202)

906-6518, Litigation Division, Chief Counsel's Office, Office of Thrift
Supervision, 1700 G Street, NW., Washington, DC 20552.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Banking Agencies are proposing to extend
for three years, with revision, the uniform interagency Transfer Agent
Registration and Amendment Form. The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(the Act) requires any person acting as a transfer agent to register as
such and to amend registration information when it changes.
    Report Title: Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form.
    Form Number: TA-1.
    Frequency of Response: On occasion.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.25 hours: registration, 10 minutes:
amendment.
OCC:
    OMB Number: 1557-0124.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 3 registrations, 10 amendments.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 5 hours.
Board:
    OMB Number: 7100-0099.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 5 registrations, 10 amendments.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 8 hours.
FDIC:
    OMB Number: 3064-0026.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 2 registrations, 13 amendments.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 5 hours.
OTS:
    On October 13, 2006, the President signed the FSRRA into law. One
of the provisions of the FSRRA contains an amendment to section
3(a)(34) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 3(a)(34) of
the Act defines ``appropriate regulatory agency'' and includes OTS as
an appropriate regulatory agency for certain activities, thus
authorizing OTS to collect certain information. Therefore, OTS is
seeking OMB approval for this new collection of information.
    OMB Number: 1550-NEW.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 5 registrations, 10 amendments.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 8 hours.

General Description of Reports

    This information collection is mandatory: Sections 17A(c),
17(a)(3), and 23(a) of the Act, as amended (15 U.S.C. 78q-1(c),
78q(a)(3), and 78w(a)) (OCC, Board, FDIC, and OTS). Additionally, the
Federal Reserve's Regulation H (section 208.31(a)) and Regulation Y
(section 225.4(d)), as well as part 341.3 of the FDIC's Rules and
Regulations implement the provisions of the Act. The registrations are
public filings and are not considered confidential.

Abstract

    Section 17A(c) of the Act requires all transfer agents for
securities registered under section 12 of the Act to register ``by
filing with the appropriate regulatory agency * * * an application for
registration in such form and containing such information and documents
* * * as such appropriate regulatory agency may prescribe as necessary
or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of this section.'' In
general, an entity performing transfer agent functions for a security
is required to register if the security is registered on a national
securities exchange and if the issuer has total assets of $10 million
or more and a class of equity security held of record by 500 or more
persons.

Current Actions

    Currently, the FR TA-1 instructions direct respondents who are
submitting amended data to complete the entire reporting form. The
Banking Agencies propose to revise the instructions to state that
respondents who are filing amended data would be required to complete
questions 1, 2, and 3 (appropriate regulatory agency, filing status,
and full name of registrant organization, respectively) and,
additionally, only those data items that are inaccurate, incomplete, or
misleading. This would make filing an amended TA-1 easier for
respondents and better highlight the data that has been changed.
    OTS seeks OMB approval to institute use of the TA-1 for savings
associations intending to engage in transfer agent activities.

Request for Comment

    The Agencies invite comment on:
    (a) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the
proper performance of the Agencies' functions, 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;

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    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of 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 information.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be shared among
the Agencies. Unless otherwise afforded confidential treatment pursuant
to Federal law, all comments will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: March 16, 2007.
Stuart E. Feldstein,
Assistant Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division,
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 2, 2007.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
    Dated at Washington, DC, this 23rd day of March, 2007.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Robert E. Feldman,
Executive Secretary.
    Dated: March 29, 2007.
Deborah Dakin,
Senior Deputy Chief Counsel, Regulations and Legislation Division,
Office of Thrift Supervision.
[FR Doc. 07-1708 Filed 4-5-07; 8:45 am]

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