Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 27601-27602 [E7-9412]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 16, 2007 / Notices as necessary, and, for new fund complexes, adopting a code of ethics. In addition, we estimate that there is an additional annual cost burden of approximately $2,000 per fund complex, for a total of $1,100,000, associated with complying with the information collection requirements in rule 17j–1, aside from the cost of the burden hours discussed above.7 This represents the costs of purchasing and maintaining computers and software to assist funds in carrying out rule 17j–1 recordkeeping. These burden hour and cost estimates are based upon the Commission staff’s experience and discussions with the fund industry. The estimates of average burden hours and costs are made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act. These estimates are not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules. Compliance with the collection of information requirements of the rule is mandatory and is necessary to comply with the requirements of the rule in general. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Rule 17j–1 requires that records be maintained for at least five years in an easily accessible place.8 Please direct general comments regarding the above information to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or e-mail to: David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA, 22312; or send an email to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: May 11, 2007. Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–9370 Filed 5–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 7 The cost burden associated with filing of new and amended codes of ethics on the Commission’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system (EDGAR) is included in the Paperwork Reduction Act estimates for the relevant forms to which these codes must be appended. 8 If information collected pursuant to the rule is reviewed by the Commission’s examination staff, it will be accorded the same level of confidentiality accorded to other responses provided to the Commission in the context of its examination and oversight program. See section 31(c) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 80a–30(c)). VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:27 May 15, 2007 Jkt 211001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549. Extension: Rule 19b–5 and Form PILOT; SEC File No. 270–448; OMB Control No. 3235–0507. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. Rule 19b–5 (17 CFR 240.19b–5) provides a temporary exemption from the rule-filing requirements of Section 19(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) to self-regulatory organizations (‘‘SROs’’) wishing to establish and operate pilot trading systems. Rule 19b–5 permits an SRO to develop a pilot trading system and to begin operation of such system shortly after submitting an initial report on Form PILOT to the Commission. During operation of the pilot trading system, the SRO must submit quarterly reports of the system’s operation to the Commission, as well as timely amendments describing any material changes to the system. After two years of operating such pilot trading system under the exemption afforded by Rule 19b–5, the SRO must submit a rule filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act in order to obtain permanent approval of the pilot trading system from the Commission. The collection of information is designed to allow the Commission to maintain an accurate record of all new pilot trading systems operated by SROs and to determine whether an SRO has properly availed itself of the exemption afforded by Rule 19b–5. The respondents to the collection of information are SROs, as defined by the Act, including national securities exchanges and national securities associations. Six respondents file an average total of 6 initial reports (for a 144 hour estimated annual burden), 24 quarterly reports (for a 72 hour estimated annual burden), and 12 amendments per year (for a 36 hour estimated annual burden), with an estimated total annual response PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27601 burden of 252 hours. At an average hourly cost of $51.71, the aggregate related cost of compliance with Rule 19b–5 for all respondents is $13,030 per year (252 burden hours multiplied by $51.71/hour = $13,030). Written comments are invited on (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Comments should be directed to R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted within 60 days of this notice. Dated: May 9, 2007. Florence E. Harmon, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–9372 Filed 5–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon written request, copies available from: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549. Extension: Rule 15a–6; SEC File No. 270–0329; OMB Control No. 3235–0371. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 27602 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 16, 2007 / Notices Rule 15a–6 (17 CFR 240.15a–6) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) provides, among other things, an exemption from brokerdealer registration for foreign brokerdealers that effect trades with or for U.S. institutional investors through a U.S. registered broker-dealer, provided that the U.S. broker-dealer obtains certain information about, and consents to service of process from, the personnel of the foreign broker-dealer involved in such transactions, and maintains certain records in connection therewith. These requirements are intended to ensure (a) that the U.S. broker-dealer will receive notice of the identity of, and has reviewed the background of, foreign personnel who will contact U.S. institutional investors, (b) that the foreign broker-dealer and its personnel effectively may be served with process in the event enforcement action is necessary, and (c) that the Commission has ready access to information concerning these persons and their U.S. securities activities. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 respondents will incur an average burden of three hours per year to comply with this rule, for a total burden of 6,000 hours. At an average cost per hour of approximately $100, the resultant total cost of compliance for the respondents is $600,000 per year (2,000 entities × 3 hours/entity × $100/hour = $600,000). Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (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. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Direct your written comments to R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 60 days of this notice. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:27 May 15, 2007 Jkt 211001 Dated: May 10, 2007. J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–9412 Filed 5–15–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–55733; File No. SR–Amex– 2007–34] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1 Thereto, Relating to Amendments to Section 107 of the Company Guide May 10, 2007. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 5, 2007, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by the Exchange. On May 4, 2007, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. This order provides notice of the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, and approves the proposed rule change, as amended, on an accelerated basis. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend: (1) Sections 107A(b) and 107D(a) of the Amex Company Guide to provide an exception to the minimum public distribution requirement of one million units for issuances traded in thousand dollar denominations, and (2) Sections 107A(b), 107C(a) and 107D(a) of the Amex Company Guide to provide an exception to the 400 public shareholder requirement for securities that are redeemable at the option of the holders thereof on at least a weekly basis. The text of the proposed rule change is available at Amex, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and www.amex.com. 1 15 2 17 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item III below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose Pursuant to Section 107 of the Amex Company Guide, the Exchange may approve for listing and trading securities which cannot be readily categorized under the listing criteria for common and preferred securities, bonds, debentures, or warrants (‘‘Section 107 Securities’’).3 The general listing criteria relating to issuers and issuances are set forth in Section 107A of the Company Guide. In connection with each potential listing of Section 107 Securities, the Exchange evaluates each security and issuance against the following criteria in Section 107A (and correspondingly in Sections 107B, 107C,4 107D, and 107E): (1) A principal amount/aggregate market value of $4 million or greater, and (2) a minimum public distribution requirement of one million trading units with a minimum of 400 public shareholders, except that, if traded in thousand dollar denominations, then no minimum number of holders. In addition, the listing criteria also requires that the issuer must have assets in excess of $100 million, stockholders’ equity of at least $10 million, and pre-tax income of at least $750,000 in the last fiscal year or in two of the three prior fiscal years. In the case of an issuer who is unable to satisfy the earnings criteria stated in Section 101 of the Company Guide, the Exchange will require the issuer to have the following: (a) Assets in excess of $200 million and stockholders’ equity of 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 27753 (March 1, 1990), 55 FR 8626 (March 8, 1990) (SR– Amex–89–29) (approving the listing guidelines under Section 107 for new securities not otherwise covered under existing sections of the Company Guide). 4 The minimum public distribution requirement for Index-Linked Exchangeable Notes set forth in Section 107C of the Amex Company Guide is 150,000 notes rather than one million trading units. E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 94 (Wednesday, May 16, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27601-27602]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-9412]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Upon written request, copies available from: Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 
20549.

Extension:
    Rule 15a-6; SEC File No. 270-0329; OMB Control No. 3235-0371.

    Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') is soliciting comments on the collection of 
information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this 
existing collection of information to the Office of Management and 
Budget for extension and approval.

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    Rule 15a-6 (17 CFR 240.15a-6) under the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) provides, among other things, an exemption 
from broker-dealer registration for foreign broker-dealers that effect 
trades with or for U.S. institutional investors through a U.S. 
registered broker-dealer, provided that the U.S. broker-dealer obtains 
certain information about, and consents to service of process from, the 
personnel of the foreign broker-dealer involved in such transactions, 
and maintains certain records in connection therewith.
    These requirements are intended to ensure (a) that the U.S. broker-
dealer will receive notice of the identity of, and has reviewed the 
background of, foreign personnel who will contact U.S. institutional 
investors, (b) that the foreign broker-dealer and its personnel 
effectively may be served with process in the event enforcement action 
is necessary, and (c) that the Commission has ready access to 
information concerning these persons and their U.S. securities 
activities.
    It is estimated that approximately 2,000 respondents will incur an 
average burden of three hours per year to comply with this rule, for a 
total burden of 6,000 hours. At an average cost per hour of 
approximately $100, the resultant total cost of compliance for the 
respondents is $600,000 per year (2,000 entities x 3 hours/entity x 
$100/hour = $600,000).
    Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the agency, including whether the information will 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 
collected; and (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. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in 
writing within 60 days of this publication.
    Direct your written comments to R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief 
Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley 
Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-
mail to: PRA--Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 
60 days of this notice.

    Dated: May 10, 2007.
J. Lynn Taylor,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-9412 Filed 5-15-07; 8:45 am]
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