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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

17 CFR Ch. I

Regulatory Flexibility Agenda

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in accordance with
the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, is publishing a
semiannual agenda of significant rules that the Commission expects to
propose or promulgate over the next year. The Commission welcomes
comments from small entities and others on the agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eileen A. Donovan, Assistant Secretary
for FOIA Matters, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st
Street NW., Washington, DC 20581; (202) 418-5096, edonovan@cftc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C.
601, et seq. (RFA), sets forth a number of requirements for agency
rulemaking. Among other things, the RFA requires that:

    Semiannually, each agency shall publish in the Federal Register
a regulatory flexibility agenda that shall contain:

    (1) A brief description of the subject area of any rule that
the agency expects to propose or promulgate, which is likely to
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small
entities;

    (2) A summary of the nature of any such rule under
consideration for each subject area listed in the agenda pursuant
to paragraph (1), the objectives and legal basis for the issuance
of the rule, and an approximate schedule for completing action on
any rule for which the agency has issued a general notice of
proposed rulemaking; and

    (3) The name and telephone number of an agency official
knowledgeable about the items listed in paragraph (1). 5 U.S.C.
602(a).

     The Commission has prepared an agenda of significant rules
that it presently expects may be considered during the course of
the next year. These rules may have some impact on small
entities.\1\ In this regard, section 602(d) of the RFA, 5 U.S.C.
602(d), provides: ``Nothing in [section 602] precludes an agency
from considering or acting on any matter not included in a
regulatory flexibility agenda or requires an agency to consider or
act on any matter listed in such agenda.''

     The Commission's spring 2006 regulatory flexibility agenda is
set forth below.

Issued in Washington, DC on February 24, 2006, by the Commission.

 Jean A. Webb,

Secretary of the Commission.


\1\ The Commission published its definition of small entity to be used
in connection with rulemaking proceedings on April 30, 1982 (47 FR
18618). Pursuant to that definition, the Commission is not required to
list many of the agenda items contained in this regulatory flexibility
agenda. See 5 U.S.C. 602(a)(1). Moreover, the Commission has previously
certified, pursuant to section 605 of the RFA, 5 U.S.C. 605, that
certain items contained in this agenda will not have a significant
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Accordingly,
the listing of a rule in this regulatory flexibility agenda should not,
in any event, be taken as a determination that a rule, when proposed or
promulgated, will in fact require a regulatory flexibility analysis.
However, the Commission hopes that the publication of an agenda that
includes significant rules, regardless of their potential impact on
small entities, may serve the public generally by providing an early
and meaningful opportunity to participate in and comment on the
formulation of new or revised regulations. In addition to publishing
the regulatory flexibility agenda, the Commission also makes available
to the public, on a monthly basis, a calendar and, on a weekly basis,
posts an advisory on its website (http://www.cftc.gov) that lists rules
that the Commission is considering or will consider in the near future.

                            Commodity Futures Trading Commission--Proposed Rule Stage
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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3652        Offering and Selling Security Futures Products Traded on Foreign Boards of Trade to       3038-AB75
            United States Persons; Requirements for Foreign Stock Index Contracts To Qualify as
            Non-Narrow-Based Indices..............................................................
3653        Interagency Proposal to Consider Alternative Forms of Privacy Notices Under the Gramm-    3038-AC04
            Leach-Bliley Act......................................................................
3654        Execution of Off-Centralized Market Transactions: Regulation 1.38 and Guidance on Core    3038-AC07
            Principle 9...........................................................................
3655        Eligible Commercial Entities Authorized to Trade on Exempt Commercial Markets.........    3038-AC21
3656        Exemption From Registration for Certain Foreign Persons...............................    3038-AC26
3657        Limitations on Withdrawals of Equity Capital..........................................    3038-AC27
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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3658        Market and Large Trader Reporting.....................................................    3038-AC22
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                             Commodity Futures Trading Commission--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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3659        Alternative Market Risk and Credit Risk Capital Charges and Amendments to Specified       3038-AC05
            Foreign Currency Forward and Inventory Capital Charges for Futures Commission
            Merchants and Introducing Brokers.....................................................
3660        Definition of ``Client'' of a Commodity Trading Advisor...............................    3038-AC20
3661        Technical and Clarifying Amendments to Rules for Exempt Markets, Derivatives              3038-AC23
            Transaction Execution Facilities, and Designated Contract Markets.....................
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Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)         Proposed Rule Stage

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3652. OFFERING AND SELLING SECURITY FUTURES PRODUCTS TRADED ON FOREIGN
BOARDS OF TRADE TO UNITED STATES PERSONS; REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN STOCK
INDEX CONTRACTS TO QUALIFY AS NON-NARROW-BASED INDICES




Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 7 USC 1 et seq, as amended by PL 106-554, 114 Stat
2763

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, December 21, 2001, Within one year
after the date of enactment of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act
of 2000.

Abstract: The Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission are
required to jointly issue: (1) Rules, regulations, or orders as are
necessary and appropriate to permit the offer and sale of security
futures products traded on or subject to the rules of a foreign board
of trade to United States persons, and (2) rules and regulations that
set forth the requirements for foreign stock index contracts to qualify
as non-narrow-based indices.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            04/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Andrew V. Chapin, Special Counsel, Division of Clearing
and Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three
Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5465
Fax: 202 418-5536
Email: achapin@cftc.gov

Thomas M. Leahy Jr., Associate Director for Product Review, Division of
Market Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette
Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5278
Fax: 202 418-5527
Email: tleahy@cftc.gov

Related RIN: Related to 3038-AB78
RIN: 3038-AB75
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3653. INTERAGENCY PROPOSAL TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF PRIVACY
NOTICES UNDER THE GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 7 USC 7b-2; 7 USC 12a(5); 15 USC 6801 et seq

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 160

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Subtitle A of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act), captioned
Disclosure of Nonpublic Personal Information (15 U.S.C. 6801 et seq.),
requires each financial institution to provide a notice of its privacy
policies and practices to its consumer customers. In general, the
privacy notices must describe a financial institution's policies and
practices with respect to disclosing nonpublic personal information
about a consumer to both affiliated and nonaffiliated third parties,
and provide a consumer a reasonable opportunity to direct the
institution not to share nonpublic personal information about the
consumer with nonaffiliated third parties. The GLB Act agencies,
including CFTC, have published substantially identical regulations to
implement GLB title V, known collectively as the ``privacy rule.'' Many
notices issued under the privacy rule were long and complex, and
difficult to compare with each other. Consequently, GLB Act agencies
are considering whether to amend the privacy rule to provide for
simpler, more useful notices. The GLB Act agencies intend to issue an
advance notice of proposed rulemaking to determine whether to propose
changes to the privacy rule, and if so, will seek further public
comment on specific programs. Six of the eight GLB Act agencies have
entered into a memorandum of understanding through which they intend to
contract with a consumer testing firm. CFTC is not a party to the MOU.
Consumer testing is ongoing.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           12/30/03                    68 FR 75164
ANPRM Comment Period End        03/29/04
NPRM                            04/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Laura M. Richards, Deputy General Counsel, Office of
General Counsel, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette
Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5126
Fax: 202 418-5524
Email: lrichards@cftc.gov

David Jacobsohn, Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Commodity Futures
Trading Commission, Three Lafayette

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Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5161
Fax: 202 418-5524
Email: djacobsohn@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC04
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3654. EXECUTION OF OFF-CENTRALIZED MARKET TRANSACTIONS: REGULATION 1.38
AND GUIDANCE ON CORE PRINCIPLE 9

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 7 USC 1 et seq, as amended by PL 106-554, 114 Stat
2763

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 1; 17 CFR 38

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Since the Commission originally promulgated Regulation 1.38,
the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (CFMA) was signed into
law. The CFMA, among other things, specifically expanded the allowable
transactions that could be executed off the centralized market. The
Commission has proposed amendments to its rules concerning trading off
the centralized market, including the addition of guidance on contract
market block trading rules, in light of further administrative
experience with, and consideration of, the implications of the CFMA.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            07/01/04                    69 FR 39880
NPRM Comment Period End         08/30/04
Second NPRM                     08/00/06
Second NPRM Comment Period End  10/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Riva Spear Adriance, Associate Deputy Director,
Division of Market Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission,
Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5494
Fax: 202 418-5507
Email: radriance@cftc.gov

Gabrielle A. Sudik, Special Counsel, Division of Market Oversight,
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st
Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5171
Fax: 202 418-5507
Email: gsudik@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC07
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3655. ELIGIBLE COMMERCIAL ENTITIES AUTHORIZED TO TRADE ON EXEMPT
COMMERCIAL MARKETS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 7 USC 1 et seq, as amended by PL 106-554, 114 Stat
2763

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 36

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Commission is proposing to codify existing Commission
orders applicable to: (1) Commission-registered floor brokers and floor
traders on NYMEX; and (2) International Petroleum Exchange floor or
electronic brokers and local traders and, pursuant to section 1a(11) of
the Commodity Exchange Act, designate by rule those and similarly-
situated entities to be, subject to conditions, eligible commercial
entities for the purpose of trading on exempt commercial markets.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/00/06
NPRM Comment Period End         09/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Duane C. Andresen, Special Counsel, Division of Market
Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette
Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5492
Fax: 202 418-5527
Email: dandresen@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC21
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3656. <bullet<ls-thn-eq> EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION FOR CERTAIN FOREIGN
PERSONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 7 USC 6d and 6m

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 3.10(c)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Commission is proposing to amend its regulations
regarding registration to permit: (1) certain foreign firms otherwise
exempt from registration as futures commission merchants pursuant to
Commission Regulation 30.10 to advise or introduce to registered
futures commission merchants certain U.S. customers for purposes of
trading U.S. exchange-traded futures and options without having to
register in the appropriate capacity pursuant to sections 4d and 4m,
respectively, of the Commodity Exchange Act; and (2) certain foreign
firms located outside the U.S. that limit their customers to foreign
customers to clear their U.S. contract market business on an omnibus
basis through a registered futures commission merchant without having
to register as a futures commission merchant pursuant to section 4d of
the Commodity Exchange Act.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            04/00/06
NPRM Comment Period End         06/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Andrew V. Chapin, Special Counsel, Division of Clearing
and Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three
Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5465
Fax: 202 418-5536
Email: achapin@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC26
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3657. <bullet<ls-thn-eq> LIMITATIONS ON WITHDRAWALS OF EQUITY CAPITAL

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 7 USC 6f

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 1.12; 17 CFR 1.17

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Commission is proposing to amend its regulations to
provide that the Commission may, by written order, temporarily prohibit
an FCM from carrying out planned equity withdrawal transactions that
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adjusted net capital by more than 30 percent. The proposed orders would
be based on the Commission's determination that such withdrawals could
be detrimental to the financial condition of the FCM or could affect
its ability to meet customer obligations. The proposed regulation would
be similar to SEC regulation 17 CFR 240.15c3-1(e)(3)(i).

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            04/00/06
NPRM Comment Period End         06/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thelma Diaz, Special Counsel, Division of Clearing and
Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three
Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5137
Fax: 202 418-5536
Email: tdiaz@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC27
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3658. MARKET AND LARGE TRADER REPORTING




Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 7 USC 1 et seq, as amended by PL 106-554, 114 Stat
2763

CFR Citation: 17 USC 15 to 21

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Commission has proposed to amend the market and large
trader reporting rules to establish a new contract reporting level for
futures and option contracts based on 3-year U.S. Treasury Notes,
clarify the application of the reporting rules to derivatives
transaction execution facilities, and adopt a reporting framework for
contracts that are exclusively self-cleared.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            12/15/05                    70 FR 74246
NPRM Comment Period End         02/13/06
Final Action                    04/00/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Bruce Fekrat, Special Counsel, Division of Market
Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette
Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581
Phone: 202 418-5578
Fax: 202 418-5527
Email: bfekrat@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC22
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Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)           Completed Actions

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3659. ALTERNATIVE MARKET RISK AND CREDIT RISK CAPITAL CHARGES AND
AMENDMENTS TO SPECIFIED FOREIGN CURRENCY FORWARD AND INVENTORY CAPITAL
CHARGES FOR FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANTS AND INTRODUCING BROKERS




Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 1.17

Completed:
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Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/11/05                    70 FR 58985
Final Action                    02/02/06                     71 FR 5587

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Thelma Diaz
Phone: 202 418-5137
Fax: 202 418-5536
Email: tdiaz@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC05
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Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)           Completed Actions

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3660. DEFINITION OF ``CLIENT'' OF A COMMODITY TRADING ADVISOR

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 1.3(bb)

Completed:
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Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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Final Action                    02/24/06                     71 FR 9442
Final Action Effective          03/27/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Barbara S. Gold
Phone: 202 418-5430
Fax: 202 418-5528
Email: bgold@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC20
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Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)           Completed Actions

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3661. TECHNICAL AND CLARIFYING AMENDMENTS TO RULES FOR EXEMPT MARKETS,
DERIVATIVES TRANSACTION EXECUTION FACILITIES, AND DESIGNATED CONTRACT
MARKETS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

CFR Citation: 17 CFR 36 to 38; 17 CFR 40

Completed:
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Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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Final Action                    01/12/06                     71 FR 1953
Final Action Effective          02/13/06

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Donald H. Heitman
Phone: 202 418-5041
Fax: 202 418-5507
Email: dheitman@cftc.gov

RIN: 3038-AC23
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