Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Clarify the Limited Extension to the Compliance Deadline for Registration and Qualification Pursuant to Rule 3.6A, 74835-74837 [2011-30916]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 231 / Thursday, December 1, 2011 / Notices emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Chapter 35), agencies are required to publish a Notice in the Federal Register notifying the public that the agency has prepared an information collection for OMB review and approval and has requested public review and comment on the submission. Comments are being solicited on the need for the information; the accuracy of the Agency’s burden estimate; the quality, practical utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize reporting the burden, including automated collected techniques and uses of other forms of technology. DATES: Comments must be received within 60 calendar-days of publication of this Notice. ADDRESSES: Copies of the subject form may be obtained from the Agency Submitting Officer. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OPIC Agency Submitting Officer: Essie Bryant, Record Manager, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 1100 New York Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20527; (202) 336–8563. OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION Summary Form Under Review Type of Request: New form. Title: Office of Investment Policy Questionnaire Form Number: OPIC 248. Frequency of Use: Once per investor per project. Type of Respondents: Business or other institution (except farms); individuals. Standard Industrial Classification Codes: All. Description of Affected Public: U.S. companies or citizens investing overseas. Reporting Hours: 552 (2.4 hours per project). Number of Responses: 230 per year. Federal Cost: $23,187. Authority for Information Collection: Sections 231, 234(a), 239(d), and 240A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended. Abstract (Needs and Uses): The Office of Investment Policy Questionnaire is the principal document used by OPIC to prepare a developmental impact profile and determine the projected impact on the United States, as well as to determine the project’s compliance with environmental and labor policies, as consistent with OPIC’s authorizing legislation. BILLING CODE 3210–01–M Dated: November 22, 2011. Nichole Cadiente, Administrative Counsel, Administrative Affairs, Department of Legal Affairs. [FR Doc. 2011–30882 Filed 11–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE M VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:34 Nov 30, 2011 Jkt 226001 Sunshine Act; Public Hearing Cancellation Notice; November 30, 2011 OPIC’s Sunshine Act notice of its Public Hearing in Conjunction with each Board meeting was published in the Federal Register (Volume 76, Number 219, Page 70510) on November 14, 2011. No requests were received to provide testimony or submit written statements for the record; therefore, OPIC’s public hearing scheduled for 2 p.m., November 30, 2011 in conjunction with OPIC’s December 8, 2011 Board of Directors meeting has been cancelled. CONTACT PERSON FOR INFORMATION: Information on the hearing cancellation may be obtained from Connie M. Downs at (202) 336–8438, or via email at Connie.Downs@opic.gov. Dated: November 29, 2011. Connie M. Downs, OPIC Corporate Secretary. 74835 Among the issues likely to be argued are (1) Whether Glantz engaged in violations of the securities laws; (2) whether Urban was a supervisor of Glantz under applicable law; (3) if so, whether Urban failed to exercise that supervision reasonably; and (4) if so, whether and to what extent sanctions should be imposed. For further information, please contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551–5400. Dated: November 29, 2011. Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–31047 Filed 11–29–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–65828; File No. SR–CBOE– 2011–110] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Clarify the Limited Extension to the Compliance Deadline for Registration and Qualification Pursuant to Rule 3.6A Sunshine Act Meeting November 25, 2011. [FR Doc. 2011–31016 Filed 11–29–11; 4:15 pm] 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 an Open Meeting on December 6, 2011 at 10 a.m., in the Auditorium, Room L–002, to hear oral argument in an administrative proceeding regarding Theodore W. Urban, formerly general counsel, head of compliance, and member of the Board of Directors of Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. (‘‘FBW,’’ now operating under the name RBC Wealth Management), a registered broker-dealer and investment adviser. Urban and the Division of Enforcement filed cross-appeals from the decision of an administrative law judge. The law judge found that Stephen Glantz, an FBW registered representative, engaged in various securities law violations while employed by FBW. She further found that Glantz was subject to Urban’s supervision within the meaning of Section 15(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 203(f) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940; however, the law judge dismissed the proceeding against Urban because she concluded that Urban did not fail to exercise that supervision reasonably. PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,1 notice is hereby given that on November 16, 2011, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by CBOE. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act 2 and Rule 19b–4(f)(1) thereunder,3 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i). 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(1). 2 15 E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 74836 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 231 / Thursday, December 1, 2011 / Notices of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),4 the Exchange proposes to clarify that the limited extension to the November 5, 2011 deadline to comply with its rules regarding registration and qualification of individual Trading Permit Holders and individual associated persons also applies to those individual Trading Permit Holders and/or individual associated persons that failed the required qualification examination(s) associated with their required categories of registration on November 5, 2011 (and thus, prior to the deadline). CBOE is not proposing any textual changes to the Rules of CBOE. 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. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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 IV below. CBOE has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, Proposed Rule Change (1) Purpose Pursuant to Rule 15b7–1,5 promulgated under the Exchange Act,6 ‘‘No registered broker or dealer shall effect any transaction in * * * any security unless any natural person associated with such broker or dealer who effects or is involved in effecting such transaction is registered or approved in accordance with the standards of training, experience, competence, and other qualification standards * * * established by the rules of any national securities exchange * * *’’ CBOE Rule 3.6A sets forth requirements for registration and qualification of individual Trading Permit Holders and individual associated persons. In response to a request by the Division of Trading and Markets at the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’), CBOE recently amended its 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.15b7–1. 6 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq. 5 17 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:34 Nov 30, 2011 Jkt 226001 accommodate individuals that failed an examination prior to the deadline that were prevented from rescheduling an examination for at least thirty days following the initial failure of an exam.10 The rule change provided individuals with thirty days following the date that WebCRD permits an individual to reschedule the appropriate qualification examination (following the failure of an examination taken prior to November 5, 2011) to retake the examination. As individuals were able to take the examination on November 5, 2011, CBOE is proposing to clarify that the limited extension also applies to individuals that failed a required examination on November 5, 2011. CBOE believes this proposal provides a reasonable amount of time for individuals that have failed an examination to come into compliance with the rule while limiting the disruption to a Trading Permit Holder’s business operation that may result from an exam failure. Thus, in order to qualify for the limited extension, the individual (or associated Trading Permit Holder) must demonstrate that (i) the individual failed the required qualification examination on or prior to November 5, 2011; and (ii) that the individual attempted to take the qualification examination again within thirty days following the date that WebCRD permits the individual to reschedule the examination after the initial failure. rules to expand its registration and qualification requirements set forth in CBOE Rule 3.6A to include individual Trading Permit Holders and individual associated persons that are engaged or to be engaged in the securities business of a Trading Permit Holder or TPH organization.7 CBOE Rule 3.6A provides that these individuals must be registered with the Exchange in the category of registration appropriate to the function to be performed as prescribed by the Exchange. Further, Rule 3.6A requires, among other things, that an individual Trading Permit Holder or individual associated person submit an application for registration and pass the appropriate qualification examination before the registration can become effective. The revised requirements apply to both CBOE and CBOE Stock Exchange (‘‘CBSX’’) Trading Permit Holders and their associated persons. In conjunction with the registration requirements established by SR–CBOE– 2010–084, three new qualification examinations became available on June 20, 2011 in the Central Registration Depository system (‘‘WebCRD’’), which is operated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Incorporated (‘‘FINRA’’). These registration categories include the following (the required qualification examinations and prerequisites, as applicable, associated with each registration category are in parentheses): PT—Proprietary Trader (Series 56), CT—Proprietary Trader Compliance Officer (Series 14, Series 56 prerequisite) and TP—Proprietary Trader Principal (Series 24, Series 56 prerequisite). In the Approval Order for SR–CBOE–2010–084, the SEC established a deadline of August 12, 2011 for CBOE and CBSX individual Trading Permit Holders and individual associated persons of CBOE and CBSX Trading Permit Holders to register for and pass the applicable qualification examination(s). This deadline was extended until November 5, 2011.8 CBOE recently submitted a rule filing providing a limited extension to the November 5, 2011 deadline for those individuals that have attempted to take the required qualification examination(s) prior to November 5, 2011 but have failed the examination (or prerequisite examination if multiple examinations are required).9 CBOE implemented this rule change to (2) Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,11 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,12 which requires, among other things, that the Exchange’s rules be designed to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and protect investors and the public interest. Specifically, CBOE believes this proposal provides Trading Permit Holders (and associated persons) that attempted to comply with the registration and qualification requirements by the deadline a reasonable amount of additional time to comply with these requirements, particularly as the individuals that are impacted by this rule are subject to a 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63314 (November 12, 2010), 75 FR 70957 (November 19, 2010) (SR–CBOE–2010–084). 8 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65677 (November 3, 2011), 76 FR 69786 (November 9, 2011) (SR–CBOE–2011–104). 9 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65732 (November 10, 2011) (SR–CBOE–2010–106) [sic]. 10 WebCRD also imposes a thirty day delay for the failure of a qualification examination for the second time. In addition, an individual is prevented from re-registering for an examination for an additional one hundred eighty days upon the third failure of a qualification examination. 11 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). 12 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 231 / Thursday, December 1, 2011 / Notices system requirement that prevents the individual from complying with these requirements within the designated timeframe. Further, CBOE believes that this proposal will limit the disruption to a Trading Permit Holder’s business operation and/or the marketplace, in the event an individual or firm withdraws from the marketplace following an exam failure. The Exchange also believes the proposed rule change furthers the objectives of Section 6(c)(3)13 of the Act, which authorizes CBOE to prescribe standards of training, experience and competence for persons associated with CBOE members, in that this filing is proposing to extend the deadline for compliance with the standards of training, experience and competence established by the Exchange. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–CBOE–2011–110 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2011–110. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the CBOE does not believe that the Commission process and review your proposed rule change will impose any comments more efficiently, please use burden on competition that is not only one method. The Commission will necessary or appropriate in furtherance post all comments on the Commission’s of purposes of the Act. Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s submission, all subsequent Statement on Comments on the amendments, all written statements Proposed Rule Change Received from with respect to the proposed rule Members, Participants or Others change that are filed with the No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed Commission, and all written communications relating to the rule change. proposed rule change between the III. Date of Effectiveness of the Commission and any person, other than Proposed Rule Change and Timing for those that may be withheld from the Commission Action public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be The foregoing proposed rule change available for Web site viewing and will take effect upon filing with the printing in the Commission’s Public Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act 14 and Rule 19b– Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official 4(f)(1) thereunder,15 because it business days between the hours of 10 constitutes a stated policy, practice, or a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing interpretation with respect to the also will be available for inspection and meaning, administration, or copying at the principal office of CBOE. enforcement of an existing rule. All comments received will be posted At any time within 60 days of the without change; the Commission does filing of the proposed rule change, the not edit personal identifying Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if information from submissions. You should submit only information that it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the you wish to make publicly available. All submissions should refer to File public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of Number SR–CBOE–2011–110 and should be submitted on or before the purposes of the Act. December 22, 2011. IV. Solicitation of Comments emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–30916 Filed 11–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 13 15 U.S.C. 78f(c)(3). U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i). 15 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(1). 14 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:34 Nov 30, 2011 16 17 Jkt 226001 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration #12768 and #12769] Electronic Comments B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. 74837 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Puerto Rico Disaster Number PR– 00014 U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 6. AGENCY: This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Puerto Rico (FEMA–4017–DR), dated 08/27/2011. Incident: Hurricane Irene. Incident Period: 08/21/2011 through 08/24/2011. Effective Date: 11/18/2011. Physical Loan Application Deadline Date: 12/02/2011. EIDL Loan Application Deadline Date: 05/28/2012. 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 Puerto Rico, dated 08/27/2011 is hereby amended to extend the deadline for filing applications for physical damages as a result of this disaster to 12/02/2011. All other information in the original declaration remains unchanged. SUMMARY: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002 and 59008) Joseph P. Loddo, Acting Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. 2011–30930 Filed 11–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [Disaster Declaration #12921 and #12922] Virginia Disaster Number VA–00040 U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Amendment 1. AGENCY: This is an amendment of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for Public Assistance Only for the State of Virginia (FEMA–4042–DR), dated 11/10/2011. Incident: Earthquake. Incident Period: 08/23/2011 through 10/25/2011. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01DEN1.SGM 01DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-65828; File No. SR-CBOE-2011-110]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, 
Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed 
Rule Change To Clarify the Limited Extension to the Compliance Deadline 
for Registration and Qualification Pursuant to Rule 3.6A

November 25, 2011.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934,\1\ notice is hereby given that on November 16, 2011, the Chicago 
Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (``CBOE'' or the ``Exchange'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which 
Items have been prepared by CBOE. The Exchange has designated the 
proposed rule change as constituting a stated policy, practice, or 
interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or 
enforcement of an existing rule pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of 
the Act \2\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) thereunder,\3\ which renders the 
proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change 
from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i).
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(1).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    Pursuant to the provisions of Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities 
Exchange Act

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of 1934 (the ``Act''),\4\ the Exchange proposes to clarify that the 
limited extension to the November 5, 2011 deadline to comply with its 
rules regarding registration and qualification of individual Trading 
Permit Holders and individual associated persons also applies to those 
individual Trading Permit Holders and/or individual associated persons 
that failed the required qualification examination(s) associated with 
their required categories of registration on November 5, 2011 (and 
thus, prior to the deadline). CBOE is not proposing any textual changes 
to the Rules of CBOE. 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.
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    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
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II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, CBOE 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 IV below. CBOE 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, Proposed Rule Change

(1) Purpose
    Pursuant to Rule 15b7-1,\5\ promulgated under the Exchange Act,\6\ 
``No registered broker or dealer shall effect any transaction in * * * 
any security unless any natural person associated with such broker or 
dealer who effects or is involved in effecting such transaction is 
registered or approved in accordance with the standards of training, 
experience, competence, and other qualification standards * * * 
established by the rules of any national securities exchange * * *'' 
CBOE Rule 3.6A sets forth requirements for registration and 
qualification of individual Trading Permit Holders and individual 
associated persons. In response to a request by the Division of Trading 
and Markets at the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 
``Commission'' or ``SEC''), CBOE recently amended its rules to expand 
its registration and qualification requirements set forth in CBOE Rule 
3.6A to include individual Trading Permit Holders and individual 
associated persons that are engaged or to be engaged in the securities 
business of a Trading Permit Holder or TPH organization.\7\ CBOE Rule 
3.6A provides that these individuals must be registered with the 
Exchange in the category of registration appropriate to the function to 
be performed as prescribed by the Exchange. Further, Rule 3.6A 
requires, among other things, that an individual Trading Permit Holder 
or individual associated person submit an application for registration 
and pass the appropriate qualification examination before the 
registration can become effective. The revised requirements apply to 
both CBOE and CBOE Stock Exchange (``CBSX'') Trading Permit Holders and 
their associated persons.
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    \5\ 17 CFR 240.15b7-1.
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.
    \7\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63314 (November 12, 
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    In conjunction with the registration requirements established by 
SR-CBOE-2010-084, three new qualification examinations became available 
on June 20, 2011 in the Central Registration Depository system 
(``WebCRD''), which is operated by the Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Incorporated (``FINRA''). These registration categories 
include the following (the required qualification examinations and 
prerequisites, as applicable, associated with each registration 
category are in parentheses): PT--Proprietary Trader (Series 56), CT--
Proprietary Trader Compliance Officer (Series 14, Series 56 
prerequisite) and TP--Proprietary Trader Principal (Series 24, Series 
56 prerequisite). In the Approval Order for SR-CBOE-2010-084, the SEC 
established a deadline of August 12, 2011 for CBOE and CBSX individual 
Trading Permit Holders and individual associated persons of CBOE and 
CBSX Trading Permit Holders to register for and pass the applicable 
qualification examination(s). This deadline was extended until November 
5, 2011.\8\
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    \8\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65677 (November 3, 
2011), 76 FR 69786 (November 9, 2011) (SR-CBOE-2011-104).
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    CBOE recently submitted a rule filing providing a limited extension 
to the November 5, 2011 deadline for those individuals that have 
attempted to take the required qualification examination(s) prior to 
November 5, 2011 but have failed the examination (or prerequisite 
examination if multiple examinations are required).\9\ CBOE implemented 
this rule change to accommodate individuals that failed an examination 
prior to the deadline that were prevented from rescheduling an 
examination for at least thirty days following the initial failure of 
an exam.\10\ The rule change provided individuals with thirty days 
following the date that WebCRD permits an individual to reschedule the 
appropriate qualification examination (following the failure of an 
examination taken prior to November 5, 2011) to retake the examination.
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    \9\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 65732 (November 10, 
2011) (SR-CBOE-2010-106) [sic].
    \10\ WebCRD also imposes a thirty day delay for the failure of a 
qualification examination for the second time. In addition, an 
individual is prevented from re-registering for an examination for 
an additional one hundred eighty days upon the third failure of a 
qualification examination.
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    As individuals were able to take the examination on November 5, 
2011, CBOE is proposing to clarify that the limited extension also 
applies to individuals that failed a required examination on November 
5, 2011. CBOE believes this proposal provides a reasonable amount of 
time for individuals that have failed an examination to come into 
compliance with the rule while limiting the disruption to a Trading 
Permit Holder's business operation that may result from an exam 
failure.
    Thus, in order to qualify for the limited extension, the individual 
(or associated Trading Permit Holder) must demonstrate that (i) the 
individual failed the required qualification examination on or prior to 
November 5, 2011; and (ii) that the individual attempted to take the 
qualification examination again within thirty days following the date 
that WebCRD permits the individual to reschedule the examination after 
the initial failure.
(2) Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 6(b) of the Act,\11\ in general, and furthers the objectives of 
Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\12\ which requires, among other things, 
that the Exchange's rules be designed to remove impediments to and 
perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market 
system, and protect investors and the public interest. Specifically, 
CBOE believes this proposal provides Trading Permit Holders (and 
associated persons) that attempted to comply with the registration and 
qualification requirements by the deadline a reasonable amount of 
additional time to comply with these requirements, particularly as the 
individuals that are impacted by this rule are subject to a

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system requirement that prevents the individual from complying with 
these requirements within the designated timeframe. Further, CBOE 
believes that this proposal will limit the disruption to a Trading 
Permit Holder's business operation and/or the marketplace, in the event 
an individual or firm withdraws from the marketplace following an exam 
failure. The Exchange also believes the proposed rule change furthers 
the objectives of Section 6(c)(3)\13\ of the Act, which authorizes CBOE 
to prescribe standards of training, experience and competence for 
persons associated with CBOE members, in that this filing is proposing 
to extend the deadline for compliance with the standards of training, 
experience and competence established by the Exchange.
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \12\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
    \13\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(c)(3).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    CBOE does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any 
burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received from Members, Participants or Others

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    The foregoing proposed rule change will take effect upon filing 
with the Commission pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act \14\ 
and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) thereunder,\15\ because it constitutes a stated 
policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, 
administration, or enforcement of an existing rule.
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. 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-CBOE-2011-110 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2011-110. 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 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 publicly available. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2011-110 and should be 
submitted on or before December 22, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
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Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-30916 Filed 11-30-11; 8:45 am]
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