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Download as PDF 11826 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 42 / Thursday, March 3, 2011 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Commission’s oversight of compliance with the reserve requirements set forth in rule 27d–1. The form requires depositors and principal underwriters to report deposits to a segregated trust account, including those made pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (e) of the rule. Withdrawals pursuant to paragraph (f) of the rule also must be reported. In addition, the form solicits information regarding the minimum amount required to be maintained under paragraphs (d) and (e) of rule 27d–1. Depositors and principal underwriters must file the form once a year on or before January 31 of the year following the year for which information is presented.2 Rule 27d–1, which was explicitly authorized by statute, provides assurance that depositors and principal underwriters of issuers have access to sufficient cash to meet the demands of certificate holders who reconsider their decisions to invest in a periodic payment plan. The information collection requirements in rule 27d–1 enable the Commission to monitor compliance with reserve rules. Effective October 27, 2006, the Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act banned the issuance or sale of new periodic payment plans. Accordingly, the staff estimates that there is no information collection burden associated with rule 27d–1 or Form N–27D–1. For administrative purposes, however, we are requesting approval for an information collection burden of one hour per year. This estimate of burden hours is not derived from a comprehensive or necessarily even representative study of the cost of the Commission’s rules and forms. Complying with the collection of information requirements of rule 27d–1 is mandatory for depositors or principal underwriters of issuers of periodic payment plans unless they comply with the requirements in rule 27d–2 (17 CFR 270.27d–2). The information provided pursuant to rule 27d–1 is public and, therefore, will not be kept confidential. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond 2 Instead of relying on rule 27d–1 and filing Form N–27D–1, depositors or principal underwriters for the issuers of periodic payment plans may rely on the exemption afforded by rule 27d–2. In order to comply with rule 27d–2: (i) The depositor or principal underwriter must secure from an insurance company a written guarantee of the refund requirements; (ii) the insurance company must satisfy certain financial criteria; and (iii) the depositor or principal underwriter must file as an exhibit to the issuer’s registration statement, a copy of the written undertaking, an annual statement that the insurance company has met the requisite financial criteria on a monthly basis, and an annual audited balance sheet. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Mar 02, 2011 Jkt 223001 to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (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: Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 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: February 25, 2011. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4723 Filed 3–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–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. Extension: Rule 17a–6; SEC File No. 270–506; OMB Control No. 3235–0564. Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below. Section 17(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’) generally prohibits affiliated persons of a registered investment company (‘‘fund’’) from borrowing money or other property from, or selling or buying securities or other property to or from, the fund or any company that the fund controls.1 Rule 17a–6 (17 CFR 270.17a– 6) permits a fund and a ‘‘portfolio affiliate’’ (a company that is an affiliated person of the fund because the fund controls the company, or holds five percent or more of the company’s 1 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 80a–17(a). Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 outstanding voting securities) to engage in principal transactions that would otherwise be prohibited under section 17(a) of the Act under certain conditions. A fund may not rely on the exemption in the rule to enter into a principal transaction with a portfolio affiliate if certain prohibited participants (e.g., directors, officers, employees, or investment advisers of the fund) have a financial interest in a party to the transaction. Rule 17a–6 specifies certain interests that are not ‘‘financial interests,’’ including any interest that the fund’s board of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. A board making this finding is required to record the basis for the finding in its meeting minutes. This recordkeeping requirement is a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’).2 The rule is designed to permit transactions between funds and their portfolio affiliates in circumstances in which it is unlikely that the affiliate would be in a position to take advantage of the fund. In determining whether a financial interest is ‘‘material,’’ the board of the fund should consider whether the nature and extent of the interest in the transaction is sufficiently small that a reasonable person would not believe that the interest affected the determination of whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement or the terms of the transaction or arrangement. The information collection requirements in rule 17a–6 are intended to ensure that Commission staff can review, in the course of its compliance and examination functions, the basis for a board of director’s finding that the financial interest of an otherwise prohibited participant in a party to a transaction with a portfolio affiliate is not material. Based on staff discussions with fund representatives, we estimate that funds currently do not rely on the exemption from the term ‘‘financial interest’’ with respect to any interest that the fund’s board of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. Accordingly, we estimate that annually there will be no principal transactions under rule 17a–6 that will result in a collection of information. The Commission requests authorization to maintain an inventory of one burden hour to ease future renewals of rule 17a–6’s collection of information analysis should funds rely 2 44 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03MRN1.SGM U.S.C. 3501. 03MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 42 / Thursday, March 3, 2011 / Notices on this exemption to the term ‘‘financial interest’’ as defined in rule 17a–6. The estimate of burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act. The estimate is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules. Complying with this collection of information requirement is necessary to obtain the benefit of relying on rule 17a–6. 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. The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (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: Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 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 notice. Dated: February 25, 2011. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4724 Filed 3–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 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. Extension: Rule 27d–2, SEC File No. 270–500, OMB Control No. 3235–0566. 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 (the ‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) a request for approval of the collections of information under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Act’’) summarized below. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:47 Mar 02, 2011 Jkt 223001 Rule 27d–2 (17 CFR 270.27d–2) is entitled ‘‘Insurance Company Undertaking in Lieu of Segregated Trust Account.’’ Rule 27d–1 (17 CFR 270.27d– 1) under the Act requires the depositor or principal underwriter for an issuer of periodic payment plans to deposit funds into a segregated trust account to provide assurance of its ability to fulfill its refund obligations under sections 27(d) and 27(f) of the Act.1 Rule 27d– 2 provides an exemption from rule 27d– 1 under the Act for depositors or principal underwriters for the issuers of periodic payment plans. In order to comply with the rule: (i) The depositor or principal underwriter must secure from an insurance company a written guarantee of the refund requirements; (ii) the insurance company must satisfy certain financial criteria; and (iii) the depositor or principal underwriter must file as an exhibit to the issuer’s registration statement, a copy of the written undertaking, an annual statement that the insurance company has met the requisite financial criteria on a monthly basis, and an annual audited balance sheet. Rule 27d–2, which was explicitly authorized by statute, provides assurance that depositors and principal underwriters of issuers have access to sufficient cash to meet the demands of certificate holders who reconsider their decisions to invest in a periodic payment plan. The information collection requirement in rule 27d–2 enables the Commission to monitor compliance with insurance company undertaking requirements. Effective October 27, 2006, the Military Personnel Financial Services Protection Act banned the issuance or sale of new periodic payment plans. Accordingly, the staff estimates that there is no longer any information collection burden associated with rule 27d–2. For administrative purposes, however, we are requesting approval for an information collection burden of one hour per year. This estimate of burden hours is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules and forms. 1 The rule sets forth minimum reserve amounts and guidelines for the management and disbursement of the assets in the account. Rule 27d–1(j) directs depositors and principal underwriters annually to make an accounting of their segregated trust accounts on Form N–27D–1, which is filed with the Commission. The form requires depositors and principal underwriters to report deposits to a segregated trust account, including those made pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (e) of the rule. Withdrawals pursuant to paragraph (f) of the rule also must be reported. In addition, the form solicits information regarding the minimum amount required to be maintained under paragraphs (d) and (e) of rule 27d–1. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11827 Complying with the collection of information requirements of rule 27d–2 is mandatory for depositors or principal underwriters of issuers of periodic payment plans who rely on the rule for an exemption from complying with rule 27d–1 and filing Form N–27D–1. The information provided pursuant to rule 27d–2 is public and, therefore, will 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. The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (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: Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 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 notice. Dated: February 25, 2011. Cathy H. Ahn, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–4727 Filed 3–2–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–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. Extension: Rule 17a–10, SEC File No. 270–507, OMB Control No. 3235–0563. 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’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below. Section 17(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ‘‘Act’’), generally prohibits affiliated persons of a registered investment company E:\FR\FM\03MRN1.SGM 03MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 42 (Thursday, March 3, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11826-11827]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-4724]


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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.
Extension:
    Rule 17a-6; SEC File No. 270-506; OMB Control No. 3235-0564.

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501), the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget 
(``OMB'') a request for extension of the previously approved collection 
of information discussed below.
    Section 17(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the ``Act'') 
generally prohibits affiliated persons of a registered investment 
company (``fund'') from borrowing money or other property from, or 
selling or buying securities or other property to or from, the fund or 
any company that the fund controls.\1\ Rule 17a-6 (17 CFR 270.17a-6) 
permits a fund and a ``portfolio affiliate'' (a company that is an 
affiliated person of the fund because the fund controls the company, or 
holds five percent or more of the company's outstanding voting 
securities) to engage in principal transactions that would otherwise be 
prohibited under section 17(a) of the Act under certain conditions. A 
fund may not rely on the exemption in the rule to enter into a 
principal transaction with a portfolio affiliate if certain prohibited 
participants (e.g., directors, officers, employees, or investment 
advisers of the fund) have a financial interest in a party to the 
transaction. Rule 17a-6 specifies certain interests that are not 
``financial interests,'' including any interest that the fund's board 
of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not 
interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. A board 
making this finding is required to record the basis for the finding in 
its meeting minutes. This recordkeeping requirement is a collection of 
information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (``PRA'').\2\
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 80a-17(a).
    \2\ 44 U.S.C. 3501.
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    The rule is designed to permit transactions between funds and their 
portfolio affiliates in circumstances in which it is unlikely that the 
affiliate would be in a position to take advantage of the fund. In 
determining whether a financial interest is ``material,'' the board of 
the fund should consider whether the nature and extent of the interest 
in the transaction is sufficiently small that a reasonable person would 
not believe that the interest affected the determination of whether to 
enter into the transaction or arrangement or the terms of the 
transaction or arrangement. The information collection requirements in 
rule 17a-6 are intended to ensure that Commission staff can review, in 
the course of its compliance and examination functions, the basis for a 
board of director's finding that the financial interest of an otherwise 
prohibited participant in a party to a transaction with a portfolio 
affiliate is not material.
    Based on staff discussions with fund representatives, we estimate 
that funds currently do not rely on the exemption from the term 
``financial interest'' with respect to any interest that the fund's 
board of directors (including a majority of the directors who are not 
interested persons of the fund) finds to be not material. Accordingly, 
we estimate that annually there will be no principal transactions under 
rule 17a-6 that will result in a collection of information.
    The Commission requests authorization to maintain an inventory of 
one burden hour to ease future renewals of rule 17a-6's collection of 
information analysis should funds rely

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on this exemption to the term ``financial interest'' as defined in rule 
17a-6.
    The estimate of burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act. The estimate is not derived from a 
comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of 
Commission rules. Complying with this collection of information 
requirement is necessary to obtain the benefit of relying on rule 17a-
6. 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.
    The public may view the background documentation for this 
information collection at the following Web site, http://www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (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: Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Thomas Bayer, Chief 
Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi 
Pavlik-Simon, 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 notice.

    Dated: February 25, 2011.
Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-4724 Filed 3-2-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 8011-01-P