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FDIC Federal Register Citations
[Federal Register: July 3, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 127)]

[Notices]
[Page 36545-36547]
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

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Office of Thrift Supervision

Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB

Review; 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: Notice of information collections to be submitted to OMB for

review and approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

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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, the FDIC, and

the OTS (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 April 6, 2007, the agencies published a notice

requesting public comment for sixty days on the extension, with

revision, of the Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form (TA-1).

In addition, 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. Currently, the OCC, FDIC, and OTS are

soliciting comment concerning the extension, with revision, of the

Transfer Agent Registration and Amendment Form. The Board has approved

this information collection under its delegated authority from OMB.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 2, 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:

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)''

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

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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 listed below.

OCC: Mary Gottlieb, OCC Clearance Officer, (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 agencies, other than the Federal

Reserve, 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. The Federal Reserve, under its delegated

authority from OMB, has approved the extension for three years, with

revision, of this information collection.

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 Sec. 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 TA-1 instructions direct respondents who are

submitting amended data to complete the entire reporting form. The

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.

On April 6, 2007, the agencies published a notice in the Federal

Register (72 FR 17222) requesting public comment for sixty days; the

comment period for this notice expired on June 5, 2007. The agencies

received no comments.

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;

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(c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the

information to be collected;

(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: June 20, 2007.

Karen Solomon,

Director, Legislative and Regulatory Activities Division, Office of the

Comptroller of the Currency.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 27, 2007.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

Dated at Washington, DC., this 25th day of June, 2007.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Robert E. Feldman,

Executive Secretary.

Dated: June 22, 2007.

Deborah Dakin,

Senior Deputy Chief Counsel, Regulations and Legislation Division,

Office of Thrift Supervision.

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