A Notice and Request for Comments was published in the Federal Register, requesting comments on the information collections related to the Part 1 competitive bidding rules, specifically auction and licensing disclosures for ownership and designated entity status, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (“PRA”).  The Commission currently estimates that the time per response is 30 minutes to two hours, and will be “on occasion” subject to reporting requirements, third party disclosure requirements, and recordkeeping requirements.  The Commission estimates there will be 310 respondents and 310 responses, with a total estimated burden of 470 hours (approximately 1.5 hours per response).  The total estimated annual cost is $31,500.  There is no estimated impact under the Privacy Act.

This is a revision of an already approved information collection requirement, as the Commission expanded its definition of “designated entities” and created new credits for eligible providers.  The Commission is therefore reporting increases of 10 designated entity responses, 20 total annual hours, and $1500 in annual costs.  The estimated time for response remains unchanged.

The Commission is seeking comment on whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.

Comments must be submitted by March 27, 2017, and should be submitted via email to [email protected] and [email protected].

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.