Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

CourtCenters For Medicare & Medicaid Services,Health And Human Services Department
Citation86 FR 74415
Record Number2021-28358
Publication Date30 December 2021
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with respect to the retail sale of diesel
fuel are the local markets in and around
Fairfield, Bethel, Milford, and Shelton.
The geographic markets for retail
gasoline and retail diesel fuel are highly
localized, depending on the unique
circumstances of each area. Each
relevant market is distinct and fact-
dependent, reflecting many
considerations, including commuting
patterns, traffic flows, and outlet
characteristics. Consumers typically
choose between nearby retail fuel
outlets with similar characteristics along
their planned routes. The geographic
markets for the retail sale of diesel fuel
are similar to the corresponding
geographic markets for retail gasoline, as
many diesel fuel consumers exhibit
preferences and behaviors similar to
those of gasoline consumers.
The Acquisition would substantially
lessen competition in each of these local
markets, resulting in five highly
concentrated markets for the retail sale
of gasoline and four highly concentrated
markets for the retail sale of diesel fuel.
Retail fuel outlets compete on price,
store format, product offerings, and
location, and pay close attention to
competitors in close proximity, on
similar traffic flows, and with similar
store characteristics.
In each of the local gasoline and
diesel fuel retail markets where the
Commission alleges harm, the
Acquisition would reduce the number
of competitively constraining
independent market participants to
three or fewer. Absent the Acquisition,
Global and Wheels would continue to
compete head-to-head in these local
markets. Post-Acquisition, the combined
entity would be able to raise prices
unilaterally in markets where Global
and Wheels are close competitors.
Moreover, the Acquisition would
enhance the incentives for
interdependent behavior in local
markets where only two or three
competitively constraining independent
market participants would remain. Two
aspects of the retail fuel industry make
it vulnerable to such coordination. First,
retail fuel outlets post their fuel prices
on price signs that are visible from the
street, allowing competitors to easily
observe each other’s fuel prices. Second,
retail fuel outlets regularly track their
competitors’ fuel prices and change
their own prices in response. These
repeated interactions give retail fuel
outlets familiarity with how their
competitors price and how changing
prices affect fuel sales.
Entry into each relevant market would
not be timely, likely, or sufficient to
deter or counteract the anticompetitive
effects arising from the Acquisition.
Significant entry barriers include the
availability of attractive real estate, the
time and cost associated with
constructing a new retail fuel outlet, and
the time and uncertainty associated
with obtaining necessary permits and
approvals.
V. The Consent Agreement
The proposed Order would remedy
the Acquisition’s likely anticompetitive
effects by requiring Global to divest
certain Global and Wheels retail fuel
assets to Petroleum Marketing
Investment Group, LLC (‘‘PMG’’) in each
local market. PMG is an experienced
operator of retail fuel sites and will be
a new entrant into the local markets.
The proposed Order requires that the
divestiture be completed no later than
20 days after Global consummates the
Acquisition. The proposed Order further
requires Global and Wheels to maintain
the economic viability, marketability,
and competitiveness of each divestiture
asset until the divestiture to PMG is
complete.
In addition to requiring outlet
divestitures, the proposed Order
requires Respondents to obtain prior
approval from the Commission before
acquiring retail fuel assets within a two-
mile driving distance of any divested
outlet for ten years. The prior approval
provision is necessary because an
acquisition in close proximity to the
divested assets likely would raise the
same competitive concerns as the
Acquisition. The proposed Order further
requires PMG to obtain prior approval
from the Commission for a period of
three years before transferring any of the
divested stations to any buyer, and for
a period of seven years to any buyer
with an interest in a retail fuel outlet
within two miles of a divested station.
The Consent Agreement contains
additional provisions designed to
ensure the effectiveness of the relief. For
example, Respondents have agreed to an
Order to Maintain Assets that will issue
at the time the proposed Consent
Agreement is accepted for public
comment. The Order to Maintain Assets
requires Respondents to operate and
maintain each divestiture outlet in the
normal course of business through the
date the Respondents complete the
divestiture. The proposed Order also
includes a provision that allows the
Commission to appoint an independent
third party as a Monitor if necessary to
oversee the Respondents’ compliance
with the requirements of the Order.
The purpose of this analysis is to
facilitate public comment on the
Consent Agreement and proposed Order
to aid the Commission in determining
whether it should make the proposed
Order final. This analysis is not an
official interpretation of the proposed
Order and does not modify its terms in
any way.
By direction of the Commission.
Joel Christie,
Acting Secretary.
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services
[Document Identifier: CMS–855O]
Agency Information Collection
Activities: Submission for OMB
Review; Comment Request
AGENCY
: Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services, Health and Human
Services (HHS).
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: The Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing
an opportunity for the public to
comment on CMS’ intention to collect
information from the public. Under the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
(PRA), federal agencies are required to
publish notice in the Federal Register
concerning each proposed collection of
information, including each proposed
extension or reinstatement of an existing
collection of information, and to allow
a second opportunity for public
comment on the notice. Interested
persons are invited to send comments
regarding the burden estimate or any
other aspect of this collection of
information, including the necessity and
utility of the proposed information
collection for the proper performance of
the agency’s functions, the accuracy of
the estimated burden, ways to enhance
the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected, and the use
of automated collection techniques or
other forms of information technology to
minimize the information collection
burden.
DATES
: Comments on the collection(s) of
information must be received by the
OMB desk officer by January 31, 2022.
ADDRESSES
: Written comments and
recommendations for the proposed
information collection should be sent
within 30 days of publication of this
notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/
PRAMain. Find this particular
information collection by selecting
‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open
for Public Comments’’ or by using the
search function.
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To obtain copies of a supporting
statement and any related forms for the
proposed collection(s) summarized in
this notice, you may make your request
using one of following:
1. Access CMS’ Website address at:
https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-
Guidance/Legislation/
PaperworkReductionActof1995/PRA-
Listing.html.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
William Parham at (410) 786–4669.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: Under the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA)
(44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), federal agencies
must obtain approval from the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) for each
collection of information they conduct
or sponsor. The term ‘‘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 publish a 30-day notice in the
Federal Register concerning each
proposed collection of information,
including each proposed extension or
reinstatement of an existing collection
of information, before submitting the
collection to OMB for approval. To
comply with this requirement, CMS is
publishing this notice that summarizes
the following proposed collection(s) of
information for public comment:
1. Type of Information Collection
Request: Revision of a currently
approved information collection; Title
of Information Collection: Medicare
Registration Application; Use:
Physicians and practitioners complete
the Form CMS–855O (Medicare
Enrollment Application—Enrollment for
Eligible Ordering, Certifying Physicians
and Other Eligible Professionals) if they
are enrolling in Medicare not to obtain
Medicare billing privileges but strictly
to order, refer, or certify certain
Medicare items and services. It is used
by Medicare contractors to collect data
that helps ensure the applicant has the
necessary credentials to order and
certify certain Medicare items and
services.
The MAC establishes Medicare
Identification Numbers. The MACs store
these numbers and information in CMS’
Provider Enrollment, Chain and
Ownership System (PECOS). The
application is used by the CMS’’
contractors to collect data ensures that
the applicant has the necessary
information for unique identification.
The license numbers are validated
against state licensing websites. All the
license numbers are captured and stored
in the MAC database. Social Security
Numbers (SSNs) are validated against
the Social Security Administration
database (SSA) and only the valid
entries are allowed to proceed in the
process of getting a Medicare billing
number. Correspondence address and
contact information is captured to
contact the provider/supplier.
The collection and verification of this
information defends and protects our
beneficiaries from illegitimate
providers/suppliers. These procedures
also protect the Medicare Trust Fund
against fraud. It gathers information that
allow Medicare contractors to ensure
that the physician or eligible
professional is not sanctioned from the
Medicare and/or Medicaid program(s),
or debarred, or excluded from any other
Federal agency or program. The data
collected also ensures that the applicant
has the necessary credentials to order
and certify health care services. This is
sole instrument implemented for this
purpose. Form Number: CMS–855O
(OMB Control Number: 0938–1135);
Frequency: Occasionally; Affected
Public: Private Sector (Business or other
for-profits), State, Local, or Tribal
Governments; Number of Respondents:
448,000; Number of Responses: 24,000;
Total Annual Hours: 243,600. For
questions regarding this collection
contact Alisha Sanders (410) 786–0671.
Dated: December 27, 2021.
William N. Parham, III,
Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office
of Strategic Operations and Regulatory
Affairs.
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and
Families
Notice of Meeting; National Advisory
Committee on the Sex Trafficking of
Children and Youth in the United
States
AGENCY
: Office on Trafficking in
Persons, Administration for Children
and Families, HHS.
ACTION
: Announcement of meeting and
call for public comment on states’
efforts to improve the nation’s response
to the sex trafficking of children and
youth.
SUMMARY
: Notice is hereby given,
pursuant to the provisions of the
Federal Advisory Committee Act
(FACA) and the Preventing Sex
Trafficking and Strengthening Families
Act, that a meeting of the National
Advisory Committee on the Sex
Trafficking of Children and Youth in the
United States (Committee) will be held
on January 6, 2022. The purpose of the
meeting is for the Committee to finalize
the distribution plan for the
Committee’s January 2022 report. The
members of the Committee request
comment from the public to inform their
ongoing work. Please submit your
comments to NAC@nhttac.org with the
subject ‘‘NAC Comments,’’ as soon as
possible and before January 3, 2022.
DATES
: The meeting will be held on
January 6, 2022.
ADDRESSES
: The meeting will be held
virtually. Please register for this event
online at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/otip/
partnerships/national-advisory-
committee.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Katherine Chon (Designated Federal
Officer) at EndTrafficking@acf.hhs.gov
or (202) 205–5778, or 330 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20201. Additional
information is available at https://
www.acf.hhs.gov/otip/partnerships/the-
national-advisory-committee.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
formation and operation on behalf of the
Committee are governed by the
provisions of Public Law 92–463, as
amended (5 U.S.C. app. 2), which sets
forth standards for the formation and
use of federal advisory committees.
Purpose of the Committee: The
purpose of the Committee is to advise
the Secretary and the Attorney General
on practical and general policies
concerning improvements to the
nation’s response to the sex trafficking
of children and youth in the United
States. HHS established the Committee
pursuant to section 121 of the
Preventing Sex Trafficking and
Strengthening Families Act of 2014
(Pub. L. 113–183).
Tentative Agenda: The agenda can be
found at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/otip/
partnerships/the-national-advisory-
committee. To submit written
statements, email NAC@nhttac.org by
January 3, 2022. Please include your
name, organization, and phone number.
More details on these options are below.
Public Accessibility to the Meeting:
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR
102–3.140 through 102–3.165, and
subject to the availability of space, this
meeting is open to the public virtually.
Written Statements: Pursuant to 41
CFR 102–3.105(j) and 102–3.140 and
section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, the public may submit
written statements in response to the
stated agenda of the meeting or to the
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