2019-15959. Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Minimum Security Devices and Procedures, Reports of Suspicious Activities, and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Program  

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    AGENCY:

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Department of the Treasury.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on information collections as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).

    In accordance with the requirements of the PRA, the OCC 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.

    The OCC is soliciting comment concerning renewal of its information collection titled, “Minimum Security Devices and Procedures, Reports of Suspicious Activities, and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Program.” The OCC also is giving notice that it has sent the collection to OMB for review.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be received on or before August 28, 2019.

    ADDRESSES:

    Commenters are encouraged to submit comments by email, if possible. You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

    • Email: prainfo@occ.treas.gov.
    • Mail: Chief Counsel's Office, Attention: Comment Processing, 1557-0180, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E-218, Washington, DC 20219.
    • Hand Delivery/Courier: 400 7th Street SW, Suite 3E-218, Washington, DC 20219.
    • Fax: (571) 465-4326.

    Instructions: You must include “OCC” as the agency name and “1557-0180” in your comment. In general, the OCC will publish comments on www.reginfo.gov without change, including any business or personal information provided, such as name and address information, email addresses, or phone numbers. Comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Do not include any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.

    Additionally, please send a copy of your comments by mail to: OCC Desk Officer, 1557-0180, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW, #10235, Washington, DC 20503 or by email to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov.

    You may review comments and other related materials that pertain to this information collection [1] following the close of the 30-day comment period for this notice by any of the following methods:

    • Viewing Comments Electronically: Go to www.reginfo.gov. Click on the “Information Collection Review” tab. Underneath the “Currently under Review” section heading, from the drop-down menu select “Department of Treasury” and then click “submit.” This information collection can be located by searching by OMB control number “1557-0180” or “Minimum Security Devices and Procedures, Reports of Suspicious Activities, and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Program.” Upon finding the appropriate information collection, click on the related “ICR Reference Number.” On the next screen, select “View Supporting Statement and Other Documents” and then click on the link to any comment listed at the bottom of the screen.
    • For assistance in navigating www.reginfo.gov, please contact the Regulatory Information Service Center at (202) 482-7340.
    • Viewing Comments Personally: You may personally inspect comments at the OCC, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, DC. For security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 649-6700 or, for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, TTY, (202) 649-5597. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and submit to security screening in order to inspect comments.
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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Shaquita Merritt, OCC Clearance Officer, Chief Counsel's Office, (202) 649-5490 or, for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, TTY, (202) 649-5597, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC 20219.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the 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) to include agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. The OCC asks that OMB extend its approval of this collection.

    Title: Minimum Security Devices and Procedures, Reports of Suspicious Activities, and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Program.

    OMB Control No.: 1557-0180.

    Form Numbers: 8010-1/8010-9.

    Abstract:

    Minimum Security Devices and Procedures

    Under 12 CFR 21.2, 21.4, 168.2, and 168.4, national banks and federal savings associations are required to designate a security officer who must develop and administer a written security program. The security officer shall report at least annually to the institution's board of directors on the effectiveness of the security program. The substance of the report shall be reflected in the board's minutes. These requirements ensure that the security officer is responsible for the security program and that institution management and the board of directors are aware of the content and Start Printed Page 36659effectiveness of the program. These requirements also ensure prudent institution management safety and soundness.

    Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)

    In 1992, the Department of the Treasury was granted broad authority to require suspicious transaction reporting under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). See 31 U.S.C. 5318(g). The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which has been delegated the authority to administer the BSA, joined with the bank regulators in 1996 in requiring, on a consolidated form (i.e., SAR), reports of suspicious transactions. See 31 CFR 1020.320(a) (formerly 31 CFR 103.18(a)). The filing of SARs is necessary to prevent and detect crimes involving depository institution funds, institution insiders, criminal transactions, and money laundering. These requirements are necessary to ensure institution safety and soundness.

    Banks and savings associations are required to maintain a copy of any SAR filed and the original or business record equivalent of any supporting documentation for a period of five years. The documents are necessary for criminal investigations and prosecutions.

    FinCEN and the Federal financial institution supervisory agencies [2] adopted the SAR form to simplify the process through which depository institutions inform their regulators and law enforcement about suspected criminal activity. The SAR form was updated in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2018.

    Procedures for Monitoring Bank Secrecy Act Compliance

    Under 12 CFR 21.21, national banks and savings associations are required to develop and provide for the continued administration of a program reasonably designed to assure and monitor their compliance with the BSA and applicable Treasury regulations. The compliance program must be in writing, approved by the board of directors, and reflected in the minutes of the national bank or savings association. These requirements are necessary to ensure institution compliance with the BSA and applicable Treasury regulations.

    Type of Review: Regular.

    Affected Public: Business, for-profit institutions, and non-profit.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,233.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 615,130 hours.

    The OCC issued a notice for 60 days of comment regarding this collection on May 6, 2019, 84 FR 19825. No comments were received. Comments continue to be invited on:

    (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the OCC, including whether the information shall have practical utility;

    (b) The accuracy of the OCC's estimate of the burden of the collection of information;

    (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

    (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information 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.

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    Dated: July 23, 2019.

    Theodore J. Dowd,

    Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

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    Footnotes

    1.  On May 6, 2019, the OCC published a 60-day notice for this information collection, 84 FR 19825.

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    2.  The Federal financial institution supervisory agencies are the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The Office of Thrift Supervision, which was in existence at the time the SAR was adopted, was integrated into the OCC in 2011.

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    [FR Doc. 2019-15959 Filed 7-26-19; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
07/29/2019
Department:
Treasury Department
Agency:
Comptroller of the Currency
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice and request for comments.
Document Number:
2019-15959
Dates:
Written comments should be received on or before August 28, 2019.
Pages:
36658-36659 (2 pages)
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-15959.pdf