Sunshine Act Meeting, 72088-72089 [E8-28127]

Download as PDF 72088 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 26, 2008 / Notices 4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Steven W. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28104 Filed 11–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549–0213. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Extension: Reports of Evidence of Material Violations: SEC File No. 270–514, OMB Control No. 3235–0572. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Sections 3501 through 3520, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below. On February 6, 2003, the Commission published final rules, effective August 5, 2003, entitled ‘‘Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys Appearing and Practicing Before the Commission in the Representation of an Issuer’’ (17 CFR 205.1 through 205.7). The information collection embedded in the rules is necessary to implement the Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys prescribed by the rule and required by Section 307 of the SarbanesOxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. 7245). The rules impose an ‘‘up-the-ladder’’ reporting requirement when attorneys appearing and practicing before the Commission become aware of evidence of a material violation by the issuer or any officer, director, employee, or agent of the issuer. An issuer may choose to establish a qualified legal compliance committee (‘‘QLCC’’) as an alternative procedure for reporting evidence of a material violation. In the rare cases in which a majority of a QLCC has concluded that an issuer did not act appropriately, the information may be communicated to the Commission. The collection of information is, therefore, an important component of the Commission’s program to discourage violations of the federal securities laws and promote ethical behavior of VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:30 Nov 25, 2008 Jkt 217001 attorneys appearing and practicing before the Commission. The respondents to this collection of information are attorneys who appear and practice before the Commission and, in certain cases, the issuer, and/or officers, directors and committees of the issuer. We believe that, in providing quality representation to issuers, attorneys report evidence of violations to others within the issuer, including the Chief Legal Officer, the Chief Executive Officer, and, where necessary, the directors. In addition, officers and directors investigate evidence of violations and report within the issuer the results of the investigation and the remedial steps they have taken or sanctions they have imposed. Except as discussed below, we therefore believe that the reporting requirements imposed by the rule are ‘‘usual and customary’’ activities that do not add to the burden that would be imposed by the collection of information. Certain aspects of the collection of information, however, may impose a burden. For an issuer to establish a QLCC, the QLCC must adopt written procedures for the confidential receipt, retention, and consideration of any report of evidence of a material violation. We estimate for purposes of the PRA that there are approximately 16,611 issuers that are subject to the rules.1 Of these, we estimate that approximately five percent, or 831, have established or will establish a QLCC.2 Establishing the written procedures required by the rule should not impose a significant burden. We assume that an issuer would incur a greater burden in the year that it first establishes the procedures than in subsequent years, in which the burden would be incurred in updating, reviewing, or modifying the procedures. For purposes of the PRA, we assume that an issuer would spend 6 hours every three-year period on the procedures. This would result in an average burden of 2 hours per year. Thus, we estimate for purposes of the PRA that the total annual burden imposed by the collection of information would be 1,662 hours. 1 This estimate is based, in part, on the total number of operating companies that filed annual reports on Form 10–K, Form 10–KSB, Form 20–F, or Form 40–F, during the 2008 fiscal year and an estimate of the average number of issuers that may have a registration statement filed under the Securities Act pending with the Commission at any time (12,939). In addition, we estimate that approximately 3,672 investment companies currently file periodic reports on Form N–SAR. 2 Indications are that the 2005 estimate of the percentage of issuers that would establish QLCCs (10%) was high. Our adjusted estimate in the percentage of QLCCs (5%) results in a reduced burden estimate as compared to the previouslyapproved collection. PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Assuming half of the burden hours will be incurred by outside counsel at a rate of $400 per hour would result in a cost of $332,400. The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study. Compliance with the collection of information requirements is in some cases mandatory and in some cases voluntary depending on the circumstances. Responses to the collection may or may not be kept confidential. 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 OMB control number. Written comments regarding the above information should be directed to the following person: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or by sending an e-mail to: nfraser@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Lewis W. Walker, Acting Director/CIO, Office of Information Technology, 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 30 days of this publication. Dated: November 19, 2008. Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28111 Filed 11–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 10 a.m., in the Auditorium, Room L–002. The subject matter of the Open Meeting will be: Item 1: The Commission will consider whether to adopt rule amendments that would impose additional requirements on nationally recognized statistical rating organizations in order to address concerns about the integrity of their credit rating procedures and methodologies. The Commission also E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 26, 2008 / Notices will consider whether to propose and re-propose certain proposed rules relating to transparency and competition concerning nationally recognized statistical rating organizations. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: November 21, 2008. Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28127 Filed 11–25–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Sunshine Act Meeting Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94–409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold a Closed Meeting on Sunday, November 23, 2008, at 12 p.m. Commissioners and certain staff members who have an interest in the matter will attend the Closed Meeting. The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions as set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(8) and (9) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(8) and (9), permit consideration of the scheduled matter at the Closed Meeting. Commissioner Paredes, as duty officer, voted to consider the item listed for the closed meeting in closed session and determined that no earlier notice thereof was possible. The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 23, 2008, will be: A matter related to a financial institution. At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact: The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: November 23, 2008. Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28239 Filed 11–25–08; 8:45 am] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [File No. 500–1] [Release No. 34–58978; File No. SR–CBOE– 2008–116] American Custom Components, Inc., Creditgroup Com, Inc. (n/k/a Tradex Global Financial Services, Inc.), Frederick Brewing Co., and Infinicall Corp., Respondents; Order of Suspension of Trading November 24, 2008. It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of American Custom Components, Inc. because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended June 30, 1998. It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Creditgroup Com, Inc. (n/k/a Tradex Global Financial Services, Inc.) because it has not filed any periodic reports since August 12, 1999. It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Frederick Brewing Co. because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended September 30, 2002. It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Infinicall Corp. because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended December 31, 2005. The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of the above-listed companies. Therefore, it is ordered, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that trading in the securities of the above-listed companies is suspended for the period from 9:30 a.m. EST on November 24, 2008, through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 8, 2008. By the Commission. J. Lynn Taylor, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–28253 Filed 11–24–08; 4:15 pm] 17:30 Nov 25, 2008 Jkt 217001 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend CBOE Rules Relating to an Expansion of the SPX Trading Crowd November 19, 2008. 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 November 19, 2008, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ 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 prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.4 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend its rules relating to the physical expansion of a trading crowd. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site (http:// www.cboe.org/Legal), at the Exchange’s Office of the Secretary and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. 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 self-regulatory organization 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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 2 17 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 72089 PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26NON1.SGM 26NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 26, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72088-72089]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-28127]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Sunshine Act Meeting

    Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the 
Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94-409, that the Securities and 
Exchange Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Wednesday, December 3, 
2008 at 10 a.m., in the Auditorium, Room L-002.
    The subject matter of the Open Meeting will be:
    Item 1: The Commission will consider whether to adopt rule 
amendments that would impose additional requirements on nationally 
recognized statistical rating organizations in order to address 
concerns about the integrity of their credit rating procedures and 
methodologies. The Commission also

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will consider whether to propose and re-propose certain proposed rules 
relating to transparency and competition concerning nationally 
recognized statistical rating organizations.
    At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in 
the scheduling of meeting items.
    For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have 
been added, deleted or postponed, please contact:
    The Office of the Secretary at (202) 551-5400.

    Dated: November 21, 2008.
Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-28127 Filed 11-25-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 8011-01-P