[Federal Register: September 29, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 188)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 56823-56825]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

17 CFR Part 1


Fees for Reviews of the Rule Enforcement Programs of Contract
Markets and Registered Futures Association

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Establish the FY 2005 schedule of fees.

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SUMMARY: The Commission charges fees to designated contract markets and
the National Futures Association (NFA) to recover the costs incurred by
the Commission in the operation of a program which provides a service
to these entities. The fees are charged for the Commission's conduct of
its program of oversight of self-regulatory rule enforcement programs
(NFA and the contract markets are referred to as SROs).
    The calculation of the fee amounts to be charged for FY 2005 is
based on an average of actual program costs incurred during FY 2002,
2003, and 2004, as explained below. The FY 2005 fee schedule is set
forth in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Electronic payment of fees is
required.

EFFECTIVE DATES: The FY 2005 fees for Commission oversight of each SRO
rule enforcement program must be paid by each of the named SROs in the
amount specified by no later than November 28, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stacy Dean Yochum, Counsel to the
Executive Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, (202) 418-
5160, Three Lafayette Center, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC
20581. For information on electronic payment, contact Stella Lewis,
Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW., Washington, DC 20581,
(202) 418-5186.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General

    This notice relates to fees for the Commission's review of the rule
enforcement programs at the registered futures associations and
contract markets regulated by the Commission.

II. Schedule of Fees

    Fees for the Commission's review of the rule enforcement programs
at the registered futures associations and contract markets regulated
by the Commission:

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                         Entity                             Fee amount
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Chicago Board of Trade..................................          $5,127
Chicago Mercantile Exchange.............................         256,683
Kansas City Board of Trade..............................          13,859
New York Mercantile Exchange............................         125,378
Minneapolis Grain Exchange..............................          12,691
National Futures Association............................          33,692
New York Board of Trade.................................          36,245
OneChicago..............................................           3,207
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    Total...............................................         486,882
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III. Background Information

A. General

    The Commission recalculates the fees charged each year with the
intention of recovering the costs of operating this Commission
program.\1\ All costs are accounted for by the Commission's Management
Accounting Structure Codes (MASC) system, which records each employee's
time for each pay period. The fees are set each year based on direct
program costs, plus an overhead factor.
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    \1\ See Section 237 of the Futures Trading Act of 1982, 7 USC
16a and 31 USC 9701. For a broader discussion of the history of
Commission Fees, see 52 FR 46070 (Dec. 4, 1987).
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B. Overhead Rate

    The fees charged by the Commission to the SROs are designed to
recover program costs, including direct labor costs and overhead. The
overhead rate is calculated by dividing total Commission-wide overhead
direct program labor costs into the total amount of the Commission-wide
overhead pool. For this purpose, direct program labor costs are the
salary costs of personnel working in all Commission programs. Overhead
costs consist generally of the following Commission-wide costs;
indirect personnel costs (leave and benefits), rent, communications,
contract services, utilities, equipment, and supplies. This formula has
resulted in the following overhead rates for the most recent three
years (rounded to the nearest whole percent): 129 percent for fiscal
year 2002, 113 percent for fiscal year 2003, and 109 percent for fiscal
year 2004. These overhead rates are applied to the direct labor costs
to calculate the costs of oversight of SRO rule enforcement programs.

C. Conduct of SRO Rule Enforcement Reviews

    Under the formula adopted in 1993 (58 FR 42463, Aug. 11, 1993),
which appears at 17 CFR part 1 appendix B, the Commission calculates
the fee to recover the costs of its review of rule enforcement
programs, based on the three-year average of the actual cost of
performing reviews at each SRO. The cost of operation of the
Commission's program of SRO oversight varies from SRO to SRO, according
to the size and complexity of each SRO's program. The three-year
averaging is intended to smooth out year-to-year variations in cost.
Timing of review may affect costs--a review may span two fiscal years
and fiscal years and reviews are not conducted at each SRO each year.
Adjustments to actual costs may be made to relieve the burden on an SRO
with a disproportionately large share of program costs.
    The Commission's formula provides for a reduction in the assessed
fee if an SRO has a smaller percentage of United States industry
contract volume than its percentage of overall Commission oversight
program costs. This adjustment reduces the costs so that as a
percentage of total Commission SRO oversight program costs, they are in
line with the pro rata percentage for that SRO of United States
industry-wide contract volume.
    The calculation made is as follows: The fee required to be paid to
the Commission by each contract market is equal to the lesser of actual
costs based on the three-year historical average of costs for that
contract market or one-half of average costs incurred by the Commission
for each contract market for the most recent three years, plus a pro
rata share (based on average trading volume for the most recent three
years) of the aggregate of average annual costs of all contract markets
for the most recent three years. The formula for calculating the second
factor is: 0.5a + 0.5vt = current fee. In this formula, ``a'' equals
the average annual costs, ``v'' equals the percentage of total volume
across exchanges over the last three years, and ``t'' equals the
average annual costs for all exchanges. NFA, the only registered
futures association regulated by the Commission, has no contracts
traded; hence its fee is based simply on costs for the most recent
three fiscal years.
    This table summarizes the data used in the calculations and the
resulting fee for each entity:

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                                                                    Three-year      Three-year
                                                                  average actual   percentage of   Average year
                                                                       costs          volume         2005 fee
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Chicago Board of Trade..........................................          $5,127         33.4148          $5,127
Chicago Mercantile Exchange.....................................         256,683         51.6763         256,683
New York Mercantile Exchange....................................         186,234         11.4811         125,378
New York Board of Trade.........................................          61,296          1.9919          36,245
Kansas City Board of Trade......................................          22,034          1.0113          13,859
Minneapolis Grain Exchange......................................          24,591          0.1409          12,691
OneChicago......................................................           6,011          0.0718           3,207
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    Subtotal....................................................         561,977         99.7881         453,190
National Futures Association....................................          33,692             N/A          33,692
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        Total...................................................         589,657         99.7881         486,882
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    An example of how the fee is calculated for one exchange, the
Minneapolis Grain Exchange, is set forth here:
    a. Actual three-year average costs equal $24,591
    b. The alternative computation is:

(.5) ($24,591) +(.5)(.001409)($561,977) = $12,691.

    c. The fee is the less of a or b; in this case $12,691.
    As noted above, the alternative calculation based on contracts
traded is not applicable to the NFA because it is not a contract market
and has no contracts traded. The Commission's average annual cost for
conducting oversight review of the NFA rule enforcement program during
fiscal year 2002 through 2004 was $33,692 (one-third of $101,076). The
fee to be paid by the NFA for the current fiscal year is $33,692.
Payment Method
    The Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) requires deposits of
fees owed to the government by electronic transfer of funds (See 31
U.S.C. 3720). For information about electronic payments, please
contract Stella Lewis at (202) 418-5186 or slewis@cftc.gov, or see the
CFTC Web site at  href="http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.cftc.gov" shape="rect">http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.cftc.gov, specifically  href="http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.cftc.gov/cftc/cftcelectronicpayments" shape="rect">http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.cftc.gov/cftc/cftcelectronicpayments
.htm.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq., requires
agencies to consider the impact of the rules on small business. The
fees implemented in this release affect contract markets (also referred
to as exchanges) and registered futures associations. The Commission
has previously determined that contract markets and registered futures
associations are not ``small entities'' for purposes of the Regulatory
Flexibility Act. Accordingly, the Chairman, on behalf of the
Commission, certifies pursuant to 5 USC 605(b) that the fees
implemented here will not have a significant economic impact on a
substantial number of small entities.

    Issued in Washington, DC on September 23, 2005, by the
Commission.
Edward W. Colbert,
Deputy Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 05-19461 Filed 9-28-05; 8:45 am]
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