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2017-25704

  • Federal Register, Volume 82 Issue 227 (Tuesday, November 28, 2017)

    [Federal Register Volume 82, Number 227 (Tuesday, November 28, 2017)]

    [Notices]

    [Pages 56222-56223]

    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

    [FR Doc No: 2017-25704]

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    COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

    Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent To

    Renew Collection 3038-0082, Whistleblower Provision

    AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    ACTION: Notice.

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    SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or

    ``CFTC'') is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the

    extension of a proposed collection of certain information by the

    agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''), Federal agencies

    are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each

    proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension

    of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for

    public comment. In August 2011, the Commission adopted a final rule, as

    required by Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (``Dodd-

    Frank Act''), requiring the submission of whistleblower information to

    the Commission on the Forms TCR and WB-APP. This notice solicits

    comments on the proposed Information Collection Request (``ICR'')

    titled: Renewal for Whistleblower Provision; OMB Control Number 3038-

    0082.

    DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before January 29, 2018.

    ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OMB Control No. 3038-

    0082 by any of the following methods:

    The Agency's Web site, via its Comments Online process:

    http://comments.cftc.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting

    comments through the Web site.

    Mail: Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures

    Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW.,

    Washington, DC 20581.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as Mail above.

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov/search/index.jsp. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Please submit your comments using only one method.

    All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied

    by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to

    http://www.cftc.gov. You should submit only information that you wish

    to make available publicly. If you wish the Commission to consider

    information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under the

    Freedom of Information Act, a petition for confidential treatment of

    the exempt information may be submitted according to the procedures

    established in Sec. 145.9 of the Commission's regulations.\1\

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    \1\ 17 CFR 145.9.

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    The Commission reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to

    review, pre-screen, filter, redact, refuse or remove any or all of your

    submission from http://www.cftc.gov that it may deem to be

    inappropriate for publication, such as obscene language. All

    submissions that have been redacted or removed that contain comments on

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    the merits of the ICR will be retained in the public comment file and

    will be considered as required under the Administrative Procedure Act

    and other applicable laws, and may be accessible under the Freedom of

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    Information Act.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Ehrman, Director,

    Whistleblower Office, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, (202) 418-

    7650; email: cehrman@cftc.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, Federal agencies must obtain

    approval from the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for each

    collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of

    Information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and

    includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public

    submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party.

    Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), requires

    Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register

    concerning each proposed collection of information, including each

    proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before

    submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this

    requirement, the CFTC is publishing notice of the proposed collection

    of information listed below.

    With respect to the following collection of information, the CFTC

    invites comments on:

    Whether the proposed collection of information is

    necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the

    Commission, including whether the information will have a practical

    use;

    The accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of

    the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the

    methodology and assumptions used;

    Ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of

    the information to be collected; and

    Ways to minimize the burden of collection of information

    on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate

    automated electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection

    techniques or other forms of information technology; e.g., permitting

    electronic submission of responses.

    Title: The Whistleblower Provision of Section 23 of the Commodity

    Exchange Act, OMB Control Number 3038-0082. This is a request for

    extension of a currently approved information collection.

    Abstract: 17 CFR 165.3(a) requires the submission of information to

    the Commission on a Form TCR. The Form TCR, ``Tip, Complaint, or

    Referral,'' and the instructions thereto, are designed to capture basic

    identifying information about a complainant and elicit sufficient

    information to determine whether the conduct alleged suggests a

    violation of the Commodity Exchange Act. 17 CFR 165.7(b)(1) requires

    the submission of information to the Commission on a Form WB-APP. The

    Form WB-APP, ``Application for Award for Original Information Provided

    Pursuant to Section 23 of the Commodity Exchange Act,'' and the

    instructions thereto, are designed to elicit sufficient information to

    determine whether and to what extent a claimant qualifies for a

    whistleblower award.

    Burden Statement: The respondent burden for this collection is

    estimated to be 0.5 hours per response.

    Respondents/affected entities: Individuals.

    Estimated number of respondents: 600 per year.

    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 300 hours.

    Frequency of collection: Once.

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

    Dated: November 17, 2017.

    Robert N. Sidman,

    Deputy Secretary of the Commission.

    [FR Doc. 2017-25704 Filed 11-27-17; 8:45 am]

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    Last Updated: November 28, 2017