Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Partial Amendment No. 1 and Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change, etc., 68800-68803 [2011-28716]

Download as PDF 68800 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 215 / Monday, November 7, 2011 / Notices post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CBOE. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2011–102 and should be submitted on or before November 28, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–28694 Filed 11–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Investment Companies Rankings in Retail Communications), 2213 (Requirements for the Use of Bond Mutual Fund Volatility Ratings), 2214 (Requirements for the Use of Investment Analysis Tools), 2215 (Communications with the Public Regarding Security Futures), and 2216 (Communications with the Public About Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs)) in the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook. I. Introduction On July 14, 2011, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’ or ‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to adopt NASD Rules 2210 and 2211 and NASD Interpretive Materials 2210–1 and 2210–3 through 2210–8 as FINRA Rules 2210 and 2212 through 2216, and to delete paragraphs (a)(1), (i), (j) and (l) of Incorporated NYSE Rule 472, Incorporated NYSE Rule Supplementary Material 472.10(1), (3), (4) and (5) and 472.90, and Incorporated NYSE Rule Interpretations 472/01 and 472/03 through 472/11. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on August 3, 2011.3 The Commission received nine comment letters in response to the proposed rule change.4 On August 31, 2011, FINRA extended the time period in which the Commission must approve 1 15 [(Release No. 34–65663; File No. SR– FINRA–2011–035)] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Partial Amendment No. 1 and Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change, etc. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES November 1, 2011. Overview Information Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Partial Amendment No. 1 and Order Instituting Proceedings to Determine Whether to Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1, to Adopt FINRA Rules 2210 (Communications with the Public), 2212 (Use of 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:50 Nov 04, 2011 Jkt 226001 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64984 (July 28, 2011), 76 FR 46870 (August 3, 2011) (Notice of Filing of SR–FINRA–2011–035) (‘‘Notice of Filing’’). The comment period closed on August 24, 2011. 4 See letter from Oscar S. Hackett, General Counsel, BrightScope, Inc., dated August 23, 2011 (‘‘BrightScope Letter’’); letter from Alexander C. Gavis, Fidelity Investments, dated August 24, 2011 (‘‘Fidelity Letter’’); letter from David T. Bellaire, General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Financial Services Institute, dated August 24, 2011 (‘‘FSI Letter’’); letter from Dorothy M. Donohue, Senior Associate Counsel, Investment Company Institute, dated August 24, 2011 (‘‘ICI Letter’’); letter from Z. Jane Riley, Chief Compliance Officer, The Leaders Group, Inc., dated August 24, 2011 (‘‘TLGI Letter’’); letter from Peter J. Mougey, President, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, dated August 23, 2011 (‘‘PIABA Letter’’); letter from John Polanin and Clair Santaniello, Co-Chairs, Compliance and Regulatory Policy Committee 2011, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, dated August 25, 2011 (‘‘SIFMA Letter’’); letter from Sandra J. Burke, Principal, Vanguard, dated August 24, 2011 (‘‘Vanguard Letter’’); and letter from Yoon-Young Lee, WilmerHale, on behalf of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Goldman, Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Securities Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and UBS Securities LLC, dated August 26, 2011 (‘‘Wilmer Letter’’). Comment letters are available at http://www.sec.gov. 2 17 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, to November 1, 2011. On October 31, 2011, FINRA filed Partial Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change and a letter responding to comments.5 The Commission is publishing this notice and order to solicit comments on Partial Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change from interested persons and to institute proceedings pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act to determine whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1. Institution of these proceedings, however, does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to the proposed rule change, nor does it mean that the Commission will ultimately disapprove the proposed rule change. Rather, as discussed below, the Commission seeks additional input from interested parties on the issues presented by the proposed rule change, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1, and on FINRA’s Response Letter. II. Description of the Proposed Rule Change and Summary of Comments As part of the process of developing a new consolidated rulebook (‘‘Consolidated FINRA Rulebook’’), FINRA is proposing to adopt NASD Rules 2210 and 2211 and NASD Interpretive Materials 2210–1 and 2210– 3 through 2210–8 as FINRA Rules 2210 and 2212 through 2216 in the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook, and to delete paragraphs (a)(1), (i), (j) and (l) of Incorporated NYSE Rule 472, Incorporated NYSE Rule Supplementary Material 472.10(1), (3), (4) and (5), and 472.90, and Incorporated NYSE Rule Interpretations 472/01 and 472/03 through 472/11. The proposed rule change would renumber NASD Rules 2210 and 2211 and NASD Interpretive Materials 2210–1 and 2210–4 as FINRA Rule 2210, NASD Interpretive Material 2210–3 as FINRA Rule 2212, NASD Interpretive Material 2210–5 as FINRA Rule 2213, NASD Interpretive Material 2210–6 as FINRA Rule 2214, NASD Interpretive Material 2210–7 as FINRA 5 See letter from Joseph P. Savage, FINRA, to Elizabeth Murphy, Secretary, SEC, dated October 31, 2011 (‘‘Response Letter’’). The text of proposed Amendment No. 1 and FINRA’s Response Letter are available on FINRA’s Web site at http:// www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. FINRA’s Response Letter is also available on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.sec.gov. E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 215 / Monday, November 7, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Rule 2215, and NASD Interpretive Material 2210–8 as FINRA Rule 2216. NASD Rules 2210 and 2211, and the Interpretive Materials that follow Rule 2210, generally govern all FINRA members’ communications with the public. Incorporated NYSE Rule 472 governs communications with the public of FINRA members that also are members of the New York Stock Exchange. The proposed rule change would create a new FINRA Rule 2210 that would encompass, subject to certain changes, the provisions of current NASD Rules 2210 and 2211, NASD Interpretive Materials 2210–1 and 2210– 4, and the provisions of Incorporated NYSE Rule 472 that do not pertain to research analysts and research reports. Each of the other Interpretive Materials that follow NASD Rule 2210 would receive its own FINRA rule number and would adopt the same communication categories used in FINRA Rule 2210.6 As discussed in the Notice of Filing, proposed FINRA Rule 2210 would replace the current six communication categories with three new categories: Institutional communication, retail communication, and correspondence, and would prescribe approval, review, recordkeeping, filing and content requirements to such communications. In general, the commenters to the Notice of Filing supported the proposal. Commenters, however, raised concerns regarding various aspects of the proposed rules, including, among others: • The scope of the definition of the term ‘‘institutional investor’’; 7 • The circumstances in which an institutional communication could be deemed a retail communication (e.g., when a member ‘‘has reason to believe that the communication or any excerpt thereof will be forwarded or made available to any retail investor’’); 8 • The treatment of internal communications for education and training as institutional communications; 9 • The requirements applicable to communications prepared by research department personnel; 10 6 Proposed FINRA Rule 2211 (Communications With the Public About Variable Insurance Products), which would replace NASD Interpretive Material 2210–2, is the subject of a separate proposed rule change. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61107 (December 3, 2009), 74 FR 65180 (December 9, 2009) (Notice of Filing File No. SR– FINRA–2009–070). 7 See Fidelity and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4. 8 See FSI and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4. 9 See SIFMA, ICI, Fidelity and Vanguard Letters, supra note 4. 10 See SIFMA and Wilmer Letters, supra note 4. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:50 Nov 04, 2011 Jkt 226001 • The requirements to file with FINRA within 10 business days of first use certain retail communications (e.g., communications concerning government securities, closed-end funds and any registered security that is derived from or based on a single security, a basket of securities, an index, a commodity, a debt issuance or a foreign currency, that is not included in other filing requirements); 11 • Disclosure requirements applicable to communications and public appearances that contain a recommendation (e.g., the proposed category of associated persons whose financial interest would need to be disclosed); 12 • The treatment of public appearances generally and, in particular, postings in online interactive fora; 13 and • The exclusion from the filing requirement for certain prospectuses and offering documents. FINRA responded to these and other comments in its Response Letter and filed Partial Amendment 1.14 III. Description of Partial Amendment No. 1 FINRA’s proposed changes in response to comments, as set forth in Partial Amendment No. 1 are summarized below. First, FINRA is proposing to amend proposed FINRA Rule 2210 to clarify that a member is required to have a principal approve a retail communication that is excepted from the definition of ‘‘research report’’ pursuant to NASD Rule 2711(a)(9)(A) if the retail communication makes any financial or investment recommendation. Second, FINRA is proposing to eliminate the filing requirement for retail communications concerning government securities (as defined by Section 3(a)(42) of the Exchange Act). Third, FINRA is proposing to amend proposed FINRA Rule 2210 to clarify that a comparative illustration of the mathematical principles of tax-deferred versus taxable compounding must disclose that ordinary income tax rates will apply to withdrawals from a taxdeferred investment. Fourth, FINRA is proposing to modify the disclosure requirements for retail communications and public appearances that include a 11 See SIFMA, TLGI and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4. 12 See Fidelity, FSI, ICI, PIABA, SIFMA and Wilmer Letters, supra note 4. 13 See Fidelity, ICI and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4. 14 See supra, note 5. PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68801 recommendation of securities. FINRA proposes to change the category of associated persons whose financial interest would have to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph (d)(7)(A)(ii) of proposed FINRA Rule 2210. As revised, a retail communication that includes a securities recommendation would have to disclose if the member or any associated person that is directly and materially involved in the preparation of the content of the communication has a financial interest in any of the securities of the issuer whose securities are recommended, and the nature of the financial interest, unless the extent of the financial interest is nominal. FINRA proposes a technical modification to the language in paragraph (d)(7)(A)(iii) of proposed FINRA Rule 2210 in order to make it consistent with the language in paragraph (d)(7)(A)(ii) of proposed FINRA Rule 2210, by changing the reference to ‘‘any securities of the recommended issuer’’ to ‘‘any of the securities of the issuer whose securities are recommended.’’ FINRA proposes to modify proposed paragraph 2210(d)(7)(D) to clarify that the disclosure requirements in proposed paragraph (d)(7)(A) and the provisions regarding past specific recommendations in proposed paragraph (d)(7)(C) do not apply to a communication that recommends only registered investment companies or variable insurance products; however, such communications still must have a reasonable basis for the recommendation. In addition, pursuant to proposed paragraph (d)(7)(B), a member must provide, or offer to furnish upon request, available investment information supporting the recommendation in such communications. FINRA also proposes to revise the disclosure standards for public appearances that include securities recommendations. As revised, the requirements under proposed FINRA Rule 2210(f) would apply only to public appearances by associated persons (since members do not engage in public appearances except through their associated persons). An associated person making a public appearance would have to disclose, if applicable, his or her own financial interest in any of the securities of the issuer whose securities are recommended and the nature of the financial interest, unless the extent of the financial interest is nominal. The associated person also would have to disclose any actual, material conflict of interest of the associated person or member of which the associated person knows or has E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1 68802 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 215 / Monday, November 7, 2011 / Notices reason to know at the time of the public appearance. These disclosure requirements would not apply to any public appearance by a research analyst for purposes of NASD Rule 2711 that includes all of the applicable disclosures required by that Rule. The disclosure requirements also would not apply to a recommendation of investment company securities or variable insurance products; provided, however, that the associated person must have a reasonable basis for the recommendation. Fifth, FINRA is proposing to add paragraph (d)(8) to proposed FINRA Rule 2210, which would exclude from the content standards of proposed paragraph (d): Prospectuses, preliminary prospectuses, fund profiles and similar documents that have been filed with the SEC. FINRA also proposes to clarify that the content standards of paragraph (d) of proposed FINRA Rule 2210 do apply to an investment company prospectus published pursuant to Securities Act Rule 482 and a free writing prospectus that has been filed with the SEC pursuant to Securities Act Rule 433(d)(1)(ii). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove SR–FINRA– 2011–035 and Grounds for Disapproval Under Consideration In view of the issues raised by the proposal, the Commission has determined to institute proceedings pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act to determine whether to approve or disapprove FINRA’s proposed rule change.15 Institution of such proceedings appears appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposal. As noted above, institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to comment on the proposed rule change and provide the Commission with arguments to support the Commission’s analysis as to whether to approve or disapprove the proposal. The Commission is asking that commenters address the changes that FINRA proposes in Partial Amendment No. 1, the comments received on the 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act provides that proceedings to determine whether to disapprove a proposed rule change must be concluded within 180 days of the date of publication of notice of the filing of the proposed rule change. The time for conclusion of the proceedings may be extended for up to an additional 60 days if the Commission finds good cause for such extension and publishes its reasons for so finding or if the self-regulatory organization consents to the extension. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:50 Nov 04, 2011 Jkt 226001 Notice of Filing, FINRA’s Response Letter, in addition to any other comments they may wish to submit about the proposed rule change. The Commission requests comment, in particular, on the following aspects of the proposal, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1: (1) The scope of the definition of ‘‘institutional investor’’ for purposes of these rules; (2) the ‘‘reason to believe’’ standard under Proposed Rule 2210(a)(4)(F), which provides that ‘‘no member may treat a communication as having been distributed to an institutional investor if the member has reason to believe that the communication or any excerpt thereof will be forwarded or made available to any retail investor;’’ (3) the requirements applicable to internal communications, public appearances and postings in online interactive fora; (4) the requirements applicable to communications prepared by research department personnel; (5) the scope of the category of associated persons whose financial interests would have to be disclosed in a retail communication that includes a recommendation of securities; and (6) the scope of the proposed exclusion from the content standards as set forth in proposed paragraph 2210(d)(8). Pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act,16 the Commission is providing notice of the grounds for disapproval under consideration. In particular, Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act 17 requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Commission believes FINRA’s proposal raises questions as to whether it is consistent with the requirements of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act, including whether FINRA’s proposal, as amended, would prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts, promote just and equitable principles of trade, and protect investors and the public interest. V. Request for Written Comments The Commission requests that interested persons provide written submissions of their views, data, and arguments with respect to the issues identified above, as well as any others they may have identified with the proposal. In particular, the Commission invites the written views of interested 16 15 17 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 persons concerning whether the proposed rule change, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1, is inconsistent with Section 15A(b)(6) or any other provision of the Act, or the rules and regulations thereunder. Although there do not appear to be any issues relevant to approval or disapproval which would be facilitated by an oral presentation of views, data, and arguments, the Commission will consider, pursuant to Rule 19b–4, any request for an opportunity to make an oral presentation.18 Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments by December 7, 2011 concerning Partial Amendment No. 1 and regarding whether the proposed rule change, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1, should be approved or disapproved. Any person who wishes to file a rebuttal to any other person’s submission must file that rebuttal by [insert date 45 days from publication in the Federal Register]. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– FINRA–2011–035 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–FINRA–2011–035. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the 18 Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, as amended by the Securities Acts Amendments of 1975, Public Law 94–29, 89 Stat. 97 (1975), grants the Commission flexibility to determine what type of proceeding— either oral or notice and opportunity for written comments—is appropriate for consideration of a particular proposal by a self-regulatory organization. See Securities Acts Amendments of 1975, Report of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to Accompany S. 249, S. Rep. No. 75, 94th Cong., 1st Sess. 30 (1975). E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 215 / Monday, November 7, 2011 / Notices proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make publicly available. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–FINRA–2011–035 and should be submitted on or before December 7, 2011. Rebuttal comments should be submitted by December 22, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [License No. 06/06–0335] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Escalate Capital Partners SBIC I, L.P.; Notice Seeking Exemption Under Section 312 of the Small Business Investment Act, Conflicts of Interest Notice is hereby given that Escalate Capital Partners, SBIC I, L.P., 300 W. 6th Street, Suite 2250, Austin, TX 78701, a Federal Licensee under the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, as amended (‘‘the Act’’), in connection with the financing of a small concern, has sought an exemption under Section 312 of the Act and Section 107.730, Financings which Constitute Conflicts of Interest of the Small Business Administration (‘‘SBA’’) Rules and Regulations (13 CFR 107.730). Escalate Capital Partners, SBIC I, L.P. proposes to provide debt security financing to SailPoint Technologies, Inc., 6034 West Courtyard Drive, Suite 309, Austin, TX 78730. The financing is contemplated to provide working capital and capital for acquisitions. The financing is brought within the purview of § 107.730(a)(1) of the VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:05 Nov 04, 2011 Jkt 226001 (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002 and 59008) James E. Rivera, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. 2011–28697 Filed 11–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [FR Doc. 2011–28707 Filed 11–4–11; 8:45 am] [Disaster Declaration #12776 and #12777] BILLING CODE 8025–01–M New York Disaster Number NY–00108 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration #12822 and #12823] Pennsylvania Disaster Number PA–00044 U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 3. BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Contiguous Counties: (Economic Injury Loans Only): Pennsylvania: Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Pike. New Jersey: Sussex. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. Dated: October 26, 2011. Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Investment. AGENCY: [FR Doc. 2011–28716 Filed 11–4–11; 8:45 am] 19 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12); 17 CFR 200.30– 3(a)(57). Regulations because AV–EC Partners I L.P., an Associate of Escalate Capital Partners, SBIC I, L.P., owns more than ten percent of SailPoint Technologies, Inc. Therefore, this transaction is considered a financing of an Associate requiring an exemption. Notice is hereby given that any interested person may submit written comments on the transaction within fifteen days of the date of this publication to the Associate Administrator for Investment, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416. 68803 This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (FEMA–4030–DR), dated 09/12/2011. Incident: Tropical Storm Lee. Incident Period: 09/03/2011 through 10/15/2011. Effective Date: 10/27/2011. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 11/14/2011. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 06/12/2012. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of the Presidential disaster declaration for the State of Pennsylvania, dated 09/12/2011 is hereby amended to include the following areas as adversely affected by the disaster: Primary Counties: (Physical Damage and Economic Injury Loans): Huntingdon, Monroe. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 8. AGENCY: This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of New York (FEMA–4020–DR), dated 08/31/2011. Incident: Hurricane Irene. Incident Period: 08/26/2011 through 09/05/2011. DATES: Effective Date: 10/28/2011. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 12/15/2011. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 05/31/2012. ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The notice of the President’s major disaster declaration for the State of New York, dated 08/31/2011 is hereby amended to extend the deadline for filing applications for physical damages as a result of this disaster to 12/15/2011. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. SUMMARY: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002 and 59008) James E. Rivera, Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. 2011–28705 Filed 11–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P E:\FR\FM\07NON1.SGM 07NON1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[(Release No. 34-65663; File No. SR-FINRA-2011-035)]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Partial Amendment No. 1 and Order 
Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a 
Proposed Rule Change, etc.

 November 1, 2011.

Overview Information

    Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Partial Amendment No. 1 and Order 
Instituting Proceedings to Determine Whether to Approve or Disapprove a 
Proposed Rule Change, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1, to Adopt 
FINRA Rules 2210 (Communications with the Public), 2212 (Use of 
Investment Companies Rankings in Retail Communications), 2213 
(Requirements for the Use of Bond Mutual Fund Volatility Ratings), 2214 
(Requirements for the Use of Investment Analysis Tools), 2215 
(Communications with the Public Regarding Security Futures), and 2216 
(Communications with the Public About Collateralized Mortgage 
Obligations (CMOs)) in the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook.

I. Introduction

    On July 14, 2011, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority 
(``FINRA'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' 
or ``Commission''), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities 
Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'' or ``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 
thereunder,\2\ a proposed rule change to adopt NASD Rules 2210 and 2211 
and NASD Interpretive Materials 2210-1 and 2210-3 through 2210-8 as 
FINRA Rules 2210 and 2212 through 2216, and to delete paragraphs 
(a)(1), (i), (j) and (l) of Incorporated NYSE Rule 472, Incorporated 
NYSE Rule Supplementary Material 472.10(1), (3), (4) and (5) and 
472.90, and Incorporated NYSE Rule Interpretations 472/01 and 472/03 
through 472/11. The proposed rule change was published for comment in 
the Federal Register on August 3, 2011.\3\ The Commission received nine 
comment letters in response to the proposed rule change.\4\ On August 
31, 2011, FINRA extended the time period in which the Commission must 
approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, 
or institute proceedings to determine whether to approve or disapprove 
the proposed rule change, to November 1, 2011. On October 31, 2011, 
FINRA filed Partial Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change and a 
letter responding to comments.\5\ The Commission is publishing this 
notice and order to solicit comments on Partial Amendment No. 1 to the 
proposed rule change from interested persons and to institute 
proceedings pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act to determine 
whether to approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, as modified 
by Partial Amendment No. 1.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 64984 (July 28, 
2011), 76 FR 46870 (August 3, 2011) (Notice of Filing of SR-FINRA-
2011-035) (``Notice of Filing''). The comment period closed on 
August 24, 2011.
    \4\ See letter from Oscar S. Hackett, General Counsel, 
BrightScope, Inc., dated August 23, 2011 (``BrightScope Letter''); 
letter from Alexander C. Gavis, Fidelity Investments, dated August 
24, 2011 (``Fidelity Letter''); letter from David T. Bellaire, 
General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Financial 
Services Institute, dated August 24, 2011 (``FSI Letter''); letter 
from Dorothy M. Donohue, Senior Associate Counsel, Investment 
Company Institute, dated August 24, 2011 (``ICI Letter''); letter 
from Z. Jane Riley, Chief Compliance Officer, The Leaders Group, 
Inc., dated August 24, 2011 (``TLGI Letter''); letter from Peter J. 
Mougey, President, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, 
dated August 23, 2011 (``PIABA Letter''); letter from John Polanin 
and Clair Santaniello, Co-Chairs, Compliance and Regulatory Policy 
Committee 2011, Securities Industry and Financial Markets 
Association, dated August 25, 2011 (``SIFMA Letter''); letter from 
Sandra J. Burke, Principal, Vanguard, dated August 24, 2011 
(``Vanguard Letter''); and letter from Yoon-Young Lee, WilmerHale, 
on behalf of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities 
(USA) LLC, Goldman, Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Securities Inc., Merrill 
Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Morgan Stanley & Co. 
LLC, and UBS Securities LLC, dated August 26, 2011 (``Wilmer 
Letter''). Comment letters are available at http://www.sec.gov.
    \5\ See letter from Joseph P. Savage, FINRA, to Elizabeth 
Murphy, Secretary, SEC, dated October 31, 2011 (``Response 
Letter''). The text of proposed Amendment No. 1 and FINRA's Response 
Letter are available on FINRA's Web site at http://www.finra.org, at 
the principal office of FINRA and at the Commission's Public 
Reference Room. FINRA's Response Letter is also available on the 
Commission's Web site at http://www.sec.gov.
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    Institution of these proceedings, however, does not indicate that 
the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to the proposed 
rule change, nor does it mean that the Commission will ultimately 
disapprove the proposed rule change. Rather, as discussed below, the 
Commission seeks additional input from interested parties on the issues 
presented by the proposed rule change, as modified by Partial Amendment 
No. 1, and on FINRA's Response Letter.

II. Description of the Proposed Rule Change and Summary of Comments

    As part of the process of developing a new consolidated rulebook 
(``Consolidated FINRA Rulebook''), FINRA is proposing to adopt NASD 
Rules 2210 and 2211 and NASD Interpretive Materials 2210-1 and 2210-3 
through 2210-8 as FINRA Rules 2210 and 2212 through 2216 in the 
Consolidated FINRA Rulebook, and to delete paragraphs (a)(1), (i), (j) 
and (l) of Incorporated NYSE Rule 472, Incorporated NYSE Rule 
Supplementary Material 472.10(1), (3), (4) and (5), and 472.90, and 
Incorporated NYSE Rule Interpretations 472/01 and 472/03 through 472/
11. The proposed rule change would renumber NASD Rules 2210 and 2211 
and NASD Interpretive Materials 2210-1 and 2210-4 as FINRA Rule 2210, 
NASD Interpretive Material 2210-3 as FINRA Rule 2212, NASD Interpretive 
Material 2210-5 as FINRA Rule 2213, NASD Interpretive Material 2210-6 
as FINRA Rule 2214, NASD Interpretive Material 2210-7 as FINRA

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Rule 2215, and NASD Interpretive Material 2210-8 as FINRA Rule 2216.
    NASD Rules 2210 and 2211, and the Interpretive Materials that 
follow Rule 2210, generally govern all FINRA members' communications 
with the public. Incorporated NYSE Rule 472 governs communications with 
the public of FINRA members that also are members of the New York Stock 
Exchange.
    The proposed rule change would create a new FINRA Rule 2210 that 
would encompass, subject to certain changes, the provisions of current 
NASD Rules 2210 and 2211, NASD Interpretive Materials 2210-1 and 2210-
4, and the provisions of Incorporated NYSE Rule 472 that do not pertain 
to research analysts and research reports. Each of the other 
Interpretive Materials that follow NASD Rule 2210 would receive its own 
FINRA rule number and would adopt the same communication categories 
used in FINRA Rule 2210.\6\
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    \6\ Proposed FINRA Rule 2211 (Communications With the Public 
About Variable Insurance Products), which would replace NASD 
Interpretive Material 2210-2, is the subject of a separate proposed 
rule change. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61107 (December 
3, 2009), 74 FR 65180 (December 9, 2009) (Notice of Filing File No. 
SR-FINRA-2009-070).
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    As discussed in the Notice of Filing, proposed FINRA Rule 2210 
would replace the current six communication categories with three new 
categories: Institutional communication, retail communication, and 
correspondence, and would prescribe approval, review, recordkeeping, 
filing and content requirements to such communications.
    In general, the commenters to the Notice of Filing supported the 
proposal. Commenters, however, raised concerns regarding various 
aspects of the proposed rules, including, among others:
     The scope of the definition of the term ``institutional 
investor''; \7\
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    \7\ See Fidelity and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4.
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     The circumstances in which an institutional communication 
could be deemed a retail communication (e.g., when a member ``has 
reason to believe that the communication or any excerpt thereof will be 
forwarded or made available to any retail investor''); \8\
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    \8\ See FSI and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4.
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     The treatment of internal communications for education and 
training as institutional communications; \9\
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    \9\ See SIFMA, ICI, Fidelity and Vanguard Letters, supra note 4.
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     The requirements applicable to communications prepared by 
research department personnel; \10\
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    \10\ See SIFMA and Wilmer Letters, supra note 4.
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     The requirements to file with FINRA within 10 business 
days of first use certain retail communications (e.g., communications 
concerning government securities, closed-end funds and any registered 
security that is derived from or based on a single security, a basket 
of securities, an index, a commodity, a debt issuance or a foreign 
currency, that is not included in other filing requirements); \11\
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    \11\ See SIFMA, TLGI and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4.
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     Disclosure requirements applicable to communications and 
public appearances that contain a recommendation (e.g., the proposed 
category of associated persons whose financial interest would need to 
be disclosed); \12\
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    \12\ See Fidelity, FSI, ICI, PIABA, SIFMA and Wilmer Letters, 
supra note 4.
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     The treatment of public appearances generally and, in 
particular, postings in online interactive fora; \13\ and
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    \13\ See Fidelity, ICI and SIFMA Letters, supra note 4.
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     The exclusion from the filing requirement for certain 
prospectuses and offering documents.
    FINRA responded to these and other comments in its Response Letter 
and filed Partial Amendment 1.\14\
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    \14\ See supra, note 5.
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III. Description of Partial Amendment No. 1

    FINRA's proposed changes in response to comments, as set forth in 
Partial Amendment No. 1 are summarized below.
    First, FINRA is proposing to amend proposed FINRA Rule 2210 to 
clarify that a member is required to have a principal approve a retail 
communication that is excepted from the definition of ``research 
report'' pursuant to NASD Rule 2711(a)(9)(A) if the retail 
communication makes any financial or investment recommendation.
    Second, FINRA is proposing to eliminate the filing requirement for 
retail communications concerning government securities (as defined by 
Section 3(a)(42) of the Exchange Act).
    Third, FINRA is proposing to amend proposed FINRA Rule 2210 to 
clarify that a comparative illustration of the mathematical principles 
of tax-deferred versus taxable compounding must disclose that ordinary 
income tax rates will apply to withdrawals from a tax-deferred 
investment.
    Fourth, FINRA is proposing to modify the disclosure requirements 
for retail communications and public appearances that include a 
recommendation of securities. FINRA proposes to change the category of 
associated persons whose financial interest would have to be disclosed 
pursuant to paragraph (d)(7)(A)(ii) of proposed FINRA Rule 2210. As 
revised, a retail communication that includes a securities 
recommendation would have to disclose if the member or any associated 
person that is directly and materially involved in the preparation of 
the content of the communication has a financial interest in any of the 
securities of the issuer whose securities are recommended, and the 
nature of the financial interest, unless the extent of the financial 
interest is nominal.
    FINRA proposes a technical modification to the language in 
paragraph (d)(7)(A)(iii) of proposed FINRA Rule 2210 in order to make 
it consistent with the language in paragraph (d)(7)(A)(ii) of proposed 
FINRA Rule 2210, by changing the reference to ``any securities of the 
recommended issuer'' to ``any of the securities of the issuer whose 
securities are recommended.'' FINRA proposes to modify proposed 
paragraph 2210(d)(7)(D) to clarify that the disclosure requirements in 
proposed paragraph (d)(7)(A) and the provisions regarding past specific 
recommendations in proposed paragraph (d)(7)(C) do not apply to a 
communication that recommends only registered investment companies or 
variable insurance products; however, such communications still must 
have a reasonable basis for the recommendation. In addition, pursuant 
to proposed paragraph (d)(7)(B), a member must provide, or offer to 
furnish upon request, available investment information supporting the 
recommendation in such communications.
    FINRA also proposes to revise the disclosure standards for public 
appearances that include securities recommendations. As revised, the 
requirements under proposed FINRA Rule 2210(f) would apply only to 
public appearances by associated persons (since members do not engage 
in public appearances except through their associated persons). An 
associated person making a public appearance would have to disclose, if 
applicable, his or her own financial interest in any of the securities 
of the issuer whose securities are recommended and the nature of the 
financial interest, unless the extent of the financial interest is 
nominal. The associated person also would have to disclose any actual, 
material conflict of interest of the associated person or member of 
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reason to know at the time of the public appearance. These disclosure 
requirements would not apply to any public appearance by a research 
analyst for purposes of NASD Rule 2711 that includes all of the 
applicable disclosures required by that Rule. The disclosure 
requirements also would not apply to a recommendation of investment 
company securities or variable insurance products; provided, however, 
that the associated person must have a reasonable basis for the 
recommendation.
    Fifth, FINRA is proposing to add paragraph (d)(8) to proposed FINRA 
Rule 2210, which would exclude from the content standards of proposed 
paragraph (d): Prospectuses, preliminary prospectuses, fund profiles 
and similar documents that have been filed with the SEC. FINRA also 
proposes to clarify that the content standards of paragraph (d) of 
proposed FINRA Rule 2210 do apply to an investment company prospectus 
published pursuant to Securities Act Rule 482 and a free writing 
prospectus that has been filed with the SEC pursuant to Securities Act 
Rule 433(d)(1)(ii).

IV. Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove SR-FINRA-
2011-035 and Grounds for Disapproval Under Consideration

    In view of the issues raised by the proposal, the Commission has 
determined to institute proceedings pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the 
Act to determine whether to approve or disapprove FINRA's proposed rule 
change.\15\ Institution of such proceedings appears appropriate at this 
time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposal. As 
noted above, institution of proceedings does not indicate that the 
Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the 
issues involved. Rather, the Commission seeks and encourages interested 
persons to comment on the proposed rule change and provide the 
Commission with arguments to support the Commission's analysis as to 
whether to approve or disapprove the proposal.
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    \15\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act 
provides that proceedings to determine whether to disapprove a 
proposed rule change must be concluded within 180 days of the date 
of publication of notice of the filing of the proposed rule change. 
The time for conclusion of the proceedings may be extended for up to 
an additional 60 days if the Commission finds good cause for such 
extension and publishes its reasons for so finding or if the self-
regulatory organization consents to the extension.
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    The Commission is asking that commenters address the changes that 
FINRA proposes in Partial Amendment No. 1, the comments received on the 
Notice of Filing, FINRA's Response Letter, in addition to any other 
comments they may wish to submit about the proposed rule change. The 
Commission requests comment, in particular, on the following aspects of 
the proposal, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1:
    (1) The scope of the definition of ``institutional investor'' for 
purposes of these rules;
    (2) the ``reason to believe'' standard under Proposed Rule 
2210(a)(4)(F), which provides that ``no member may treat a 
communication as having been distributed to an institutional investor 
if the member has reason to believe that the communication or any 
excerpt thereof will be forwarded or made available to any retail 
investor;''
    (3) the requirements applicable to internal communications, public 
appearances and postings in online interactive fora;
    (4) the requirements applicable to communications prepared by 
research department personnel;
    (5) the scope of the category of associated persons whose financial 
interests would have to be disclosed in a retail communication that 
includes a recommendation of securities; and
    (6) the scope of the proposed exclusion from the content standards 
as set forth in proposed paragraph 2210(d)(8).
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act,\16\ the Commission is 
providing notice of the grounds for disapproval under consideration. In 
particular, Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act \17\ requires, among other 
things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest.
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    \16\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B).
    \17\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).
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    The Commission believes FINRA's proposal raises questions as to 
whether it is consistent with the requirements of Section 15A(b)(6) of 
the Act, including whether FINRA's proposal, as amended, would prevent 
fraudulent and manipulative acts, promote just and equitable principles 
of trade, and protect investors and the public interest.

V. Request for Written Comments

    The Commission requests that interested persons provide written 
submissions of their views, data, and arguments with respect to the 
issues identified above, as well as any others they may have identified 
with the proposal. In particular, the Commission invites the written 
views of interested persons concerning whether the proposed rule 
change, as modified by Partial Amendment No. 1, is inconsistent with 
Section 15A(b)(6) or any other provision of the Act, or the rules and 
regulations thereunder.
    Although there do not appear to be any issues relevant to approval 
or disapproval which would be facilitated by an oral presentation of 
views, data, and arguments, the Commission will consider, pursuant to 
Rule 19b-4, any request for an opportunity to make an oral 
presentation.\18\
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    \18\ Section 19(b)(2) of the Act, as amended by the Securities 
Acts Amendments of 1975, Public Law 94-29, 89 Stat. 97 (1975), 
grants the Commission flexibility to determine what type of 
proceeding--either oral or notice and opportunity for written 
comments--is appropriate for consideration of a particular proposal 
by a self-regulatory organization. See Securities Acts Amendments of 
1975, Report of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban 
Affairs to Accompany S. 249, S. Rep. No. 75, 94th Cong., 1st Sess. 
30 (1975).
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    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments by December 7, 2011 concerning Partial Amendment No. 1 and 
regarding whether the proposed rule change, as modified by Partial 
Amendment No. 1, should be approved or disapproved. Any person who 
wishes to file a rebuttal to any other person's submission must file 
that rebuttal by [insert date 45 days from publication in the Federal 
Register]. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-FINRA-2011-035 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F 
Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2011-035. This 
file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
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proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than 
those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and 
printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of FINRA. All comments 
received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit 
personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit 
only information that you wish to make publicly available. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2011-035 and should be 
submitted on or before December 7, 2011. Rebuttal comments should be 
submitted by December 22, 2011.
    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\19\
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    \19\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12); 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(57).

Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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