Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
* Federal eRulemaking Portal: Comments may be submitted at
* Mail: David A. Stawick, Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC 20581.
* Hand Delivery/Courier: Same as mail above.
All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to
The Commission reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to review, pre-screen, filter, redact, refuse or remove any or all of a submission from
The CFTC is obligated to collect comments on rulemakings and other regulatory action, which it timely publishes on its Web site to provide transparency in the informal rulemaking process under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”), 5 U.S.C. 553, and in the regulatory processes established in the Commodity Exchange
The new “Comments Online” system will collect and store comments and input received by the Commission. Specifically, the system includes a web form on
During an informal rulemaking or other statutory or regulatory notice and comment process, Commission personnel may manually remove a comment from publication if the commenter withdraws his or her comments before the comment period has closed or because the comment contains obscenities or other material deemed inappropriate for publication by the Commission.
Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, a “system of records” is defined as any group of records under the control of a federal government agency from which information about individuals is retrieved by name or other personal identifier. The Privacy Act establishes the means by which government agencies must collect, maintain, and use personally identifiable information associated with an individual in a government system of records.
Each government agency is required to publish a notice in the
This system is located in the Commission's principal office at Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC 20581.
Individuals providing comments or other input to the Commission in response to proposed rules, industry filings or other Commission request for comments associated with Commission rules, policies or procedures, whether the individuals provide comments or input directly or through their representatives. Any individuals who may be discussed or identified in the comments or input provided by others to the Commission.
Incoming comments or other input to the Commission in response to proposed rules, industry filings or other Commission request for comments associated with Commission rules, policies or procedures, provided to the Commission via the web form on the
This system excludes comments or input for which the Commission has received and either has approved or not yet decided a Freedom of Information Act “request for confidential treatment.” Records related to such requests are covered under System of Record Notice CFTC-41, “Requests for Confidential Treatment.”
44 U.S.C. 3101, Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553
To collect and maintain in an electronic system feedback from the public and industry groups regarding proposed rules and other Commission regulatory actions in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) or other statutory or regulatory provisions, as well as input on Commission activities that may not be associated with notice and comment requirements.
Comments or input in this system, along with the commenter's name and organization, are published on the
The Comments Online system also contains the commenter's email address and other personal contact information the commenter may voluntarily provide to the Commission, such as phone number. The email address will be used for the Commission to send the commenter a verification of receipt of
Also, information in this system may be disclosed in accordance with the blanket routine uses numbered 1 through 19 that appear in the Commission's Privacy Act Systems of Records Notice, 76 FR 5974 (Feb. 2, 2011).
Paper records are stored in file folders, binders, computer disks, and are uploaded into the Comments Online system. Electronic records, including comments or input and personal information provided through the web form on the
By name of the individual providing the comment or input, name of the individual on whose behalf a comment or input is provided, number assigned to the comment or input, or the subject matter, such as the proposed rule or industry filing to which the comment or input pertains. Also, by the name of any individual who is identified or discussed in the text of a comment or other input provided by another party.
Records in the Comments Online system, including personal information contained in the database and not published on
The retention and disposal period depends on the nature of the comment or input provided to the Commission. For example, comments that pertain to a Commission proposed rule or industry filing become part of the agency's central files and are kept permanently. Other input to the Commission may be kept for between one and 10 years, depending on the subject matter.
The Commission's Office of the Secretariat, located at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC 20581.
Individuals seeking to determine whether this system of records contains information about themselves or seeking access to records about themselves in this system of records, or contesting the content of records about themselves contained in this system of records should address written inquiry to the Office of General Counsel, Paralegal Specialist, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC 20581. Telephone (202) 418-5011.
Individuals and organizations providing comments or other input to the Commission.