Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Implement a One-Day Temporary Suspension of Those Aspects of Rules 36.20 and 36.21 That Would Not Permit Floor Brokers To Use Personal Portable Phone Devices on the Trading Floor Due to the Unavailability of Exchange-Provided Cell Phones on September 11, 2013, 58587-58589 [2013-23146]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 24, 2013 / Notices Electronic Comments • 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–NYSEMKT–2013–75 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSEMKT–2013–75. 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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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– NYSEMKT–2013–75 and should be submitted on or before October 15, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–23145 Filed 9–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–70446; File No. SR–NYSE– 2013–61] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Implement a One-Day Temporary Suspension of Those Aspects of Rules 36.20 and 36.21 That Would Not Permit Floor Brokers To Use Personal Portable Phone Devices on the Trading Floor Due to the Unavailability of ExchangeProvided Cell Phones on September 11, 2013 September 18, 2013. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) 1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’) 2 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,3 notice is hereby given that on September 12, 2013, New York Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘NYSE’’ or the ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory organization. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes a one-day temporary suspension of those aspects of Rules 36.20 and 36.21 that would not permit Floor brokers to use personal portable phone devices on the Trading Floor due to the unavailability of Exchange-provided cell phones on September 11, 2013. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, 1 15 U.S.C.78s(b)(1). U.S.C. 78a. 3 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 2 15 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:43 Sep 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58587 set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant parts of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to temporarily suspend on September 11, 2013 those aspects of Rules 36.20 and 36.21 that would not permit Floor brokers to use personal portable phone devices on the Trading Floor.4 As proposed, all other aspects of Rule 36 remain applicable and the temporary suspensions of the applicable Rule 36 requirements are in effect only for September 11, 2013.5 On September 11, 2013, the thirdparty carrier that provides service for the Exchange-provided cell phones experienced an issue that affected Exchange authorized and provided portable phones for Floor brokers. This outage only impacted the service for Exchange authorized and provided portable phones. As a result, all Exchange authorized and provided cell phones were non-operational before the opening of trading on September 11, 2013. The issue was resolved before the close of trading on September 11, 2013. Rules 36.20 and 36.21 govern the type of telephone communications that are approved for Floor brokers. Pursuant to Rule 36.20, Floor brokers may maintain a telephone line on the Trading Floor and use Exchange authorized and provided portable phones while on the Trading Floor. The use of such Exchange authorized and provided portable phones is governed by Rule 36.21. Because of the issues with the third-party carrier, all Exchange authorized and provided portable phones are not functional and therefore Floor brokers cannot use the Exchange authorized and provided portable phones. However, the personal cell phones of Floor brokers are operational on the Trading Floor. The Exchange believes that because communications with customers is a vital part of a Floor broker’s role as agent and therefore contributes to maintaining a fair and orderly market, during the period when Exchange-provided cell phones are nonoperational, Floor brokers should be permitted to use personal portable 4 Pursuant to Rule 6A, the Trading Floor is defined as the restricted-access physical areas designated by the Exchange for the trading of securities. 5 The Exchange provided Floor brokers with notice of this rule filing, including the applicable recordkeeping and other requirements related to using personal cell phones during the temporary suspension of Rule 36. E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 58588 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 24, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES phone devices in lieu of the nonoperational Exchange authorized and provided portable phones. The Exchange therefore proposes to temporarily suspend the limitations in Rules 36.20 and 36. 21 that permit Floor brokers to use only Exchange authorized and provided portable phones so that Floor brokers may also use personal portable phones on the Trading Floor. The Exchange proposes that pursuant to this temporary suspension, Floor brokers must provide the Exchange with the names of all Floor-based personnel who used personal portable phones during this temporary suspension period, together with the phone number and applicable carrier for each number. Floor broker member organizations must maintain in their books and records all cell phone records that show both incoming and outgoing calls that were made during the period that a personal portable phone was used on the Trading Floor. To the extent the records are unavailable from the third-party carrier, the Floor brokers must maintain contemporaneous records of all calls made or received on a personal portable phone while on the Trading Floor. As with all member organization records, such cell phone records must be provided to Exchange regulatory staff, including without limitation staff of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’), on request. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,6 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,7 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system. In particular, because of issues experienced by a third-party cell phone carrier, Exchange authorized and provided cell phones are not functional. The Exchange believes that the proposed temporary suspensions from those aspects of Rule 36 that restrict Floor broker’s use of personal portable phones on the Trading Floor removes impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market and national market system because the proposed relief will enable Floor 6 15 7 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:49 Sep 23, 2013 brokers to conduct their regular business, notwithstanding the ongoing issues with telephone service. The Exchange further believes that without the requested relief, Floor brokers would be compromised in their ability to conduct their regular course of business on the Trading Floor. In particular, for Floor brokers, because they operate as agents for customers, their inability to communicate with customers could compromise their ability to represent public orders on the Trading Floor. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition because the proposed change only impacts Floor brokers and has no change in operations for other market participants or other market centers. To the contrary, the Exchange believes that without the proposed relief, Floor brokers would be compromised in their ability to conduct their regular course of business on the Trading Floor, thereby placing a burden on the Floor brokers’ ability to compete. 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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act 8 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.9 Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) 8 15 9 17 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the Act 10 and Rule 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder.11 A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) 12 normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii),13 the Commission may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal may become operative immediately upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Waiver of the operative delay allows the terms of the relief described herein to be available on September 11, 2013, when the Exchange experienced the outage. Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the 30-day operative delay and designates the proposal operative upon filing.14 At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. If the Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act 15 to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. 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: 10 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 12 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 13 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 14 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 15 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2)(B). 11 17 E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 185 / Tuesday, September 24, 2013 / Notices 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– NYSE–2013–61 on the subject line. Paper comments mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES • 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–NYSE–2013–61. 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 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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–NYSE– 2013–61 and should be submitted on or before October 15, 2013. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–23146 Filed 9–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:43 Sep 23, 2013 Jkt 229001 SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION Final Listing of Audit and Other Reports Issued by SIGIR on Reconstruction Spending in Iraq Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Final listing of Audits and other reports issued by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) between 2004 and 2013. DATES: September 24, 2013. SUMMARY: Authority: 5 U.S.C. app. 8G Note; Sec. 3001 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 Pub. L. 108–106, as amended by Pub. L. 108– 375. In November 2003, the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed into law the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (Pub. L. 108–106). In addition to providing $18.4 billion for Iraq relief and reconstruction, the law also established the Inspector General of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA–IG) to oversee the handling and treatment of these funds. When the CPA–IG began work in early 2004, it was the only IG office within the U.S. government with oversight responsibilities encompassing several federal agencies. The Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Pub. L. 108–375), enacted October 28, 2004, redesignated the CPA–IG as the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR). Over time, the Congress expanded SIGIR’s mission so that, by 2008, its mandate covered all reconstruction funds regardless of provenance. The enabling legislation required SIGIR to independently and objectively: 1. Conduct and supervise audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations funded with amounts appropriated or otherwise made available for the reconstruction of Iraq. 2. Provide advice and recommendations on policies designed to (A) promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of such programs and operations; and (B) prevent and detect waste, fraud, and abuse in such programs and operations. 3. Keep the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58589 administration of such programs and operations and the necessity for and progress for corrective action. By the end of fiscal year 2012, SIGIR’s oversight jurisdiction had grown to more than $60 billion in U.S. funds appropriated or otherwise made available for Iraq relief and reconstruction. These taxpayer dollars flowed to a wide spectrum of initiatives, ranging from training Iraq’s army and police to building large electrical, oil, and water projects; from supporting democracy-building efforts to strengthening budget execution by provincial councils; and from funding rule-of-law reforms to ensuring that the Iraqi government sustains what the U.S. program provided. During most of its almost decade-long lifespan, SIGIR maintained the largest on-the-ground presence of any U.S. auditing or investigative agency operating in Iraq, with nearly 50 personnel working in country during peak operations. Three operational directorates accomplished the oversight work: Audits, Inspections, and Investigations. As of September 2013, SIGIR had issued 220 audit reports, issued 170 project assessments, and initiated 639 criminal investigations. SIGIR also issued 37 Quarterly Reports as well as 9 Lessons Learned reports, 3 special reports, and 1 evaluation report. SIGIR’s audits made 487 recommendations, questioned about $641 million in costs, and identified an additional $974 million in funds to be put to better use—a combined potential financial benefit of $1.61 billion. As of September 2013, the actual savings to the government from renegotiated contracts, refunds, and operational savings resulting from SIGIR findings had reached nearly $645 million. SIGIR’s investigations led to 112 indictments, 90 convictions, and more than $192 million in court-ordered fines, forfeitures, restitution payments, and other monetary penalties. SIGIR’s investigative work also led to 139 debarments and 106 suspensions of contractors and government personnel for fraud or other corrupt practices. Reports Issued by SIGIR Audit Reports 13–006 Government Agencies Cannot Fully Identify Projects Financed with Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Funds 3/6/2013 13–005 Lessons Learned on the Department of Defense’s Commander’s Emergency Response Program in Iraq 1/24/2013 13–004 Lessons Learned from U.S. Agencies’ Management of Iraqi Funds E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 185 (Tuesday, September 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-70446; File No. SR-NYSE-2013-61]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To 
Implement a One-Day Temporary Suspension of Those Aspects of Rules 
36.20 and 36.21 That Would Not Permit Floor Brokers To Use Personal 
Portable Phone Devices on the Trading Floor Due to the Unavailability 
of Exchange-Provided Cell Phones on September 11, 2013

September 18, 2013.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) \1\ of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (the ``Act'') \2\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\3\ notice is hereby 
given that on September 12, 2013, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' 
or the ``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(the ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I 
and II below, which Items have been prepared by the self-regulatory 
organization. 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. 78a.
    \3\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes a one-day temporary suspension of those 
aspects of Rules 36.20 and 36.21 that would not permit Floor brokers to 
use personal portable phone devices on the Trading Floor due to the 
unavailability of Exchange-provided cell phones on September 11, 2013. 
The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange's Web 
site at www.nyse.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at 
the Commission's Public Reference Room.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the self-regulatory organization 
included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the 
proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the 
proposed rule change. The text of those statements may be examined at 
the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared 
summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most 
significant parts of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to temporarily suspend on September 11, 2013 
those aspects of Rules 36.20 and 36.21 that would not permit Floor 
brokers to use personal portable phone devices on the Trading Floor.\4\ 
As proposed, all other aspects of Rule 36 remain applicable and the 
temporary suspensions of the applicable Rule 36 requirements are in 
effect only for September 11, 2013.\5\
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    \4\ Pursuant to Rule 6A, the Trading Floor is defined as the 
restricted-access physical areas designated by the Exchange for the 
trading of securities.
    \5\ The Exchange provided Floor brokers with notice of this rule 
filing, including the applicable recordkeeping and other 
requirements related to using personal cell phones during the 
temporary suspension of Rule 36.
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    On September 11, 2013, the third-party carrier that provides 
service for the Exchange-provided cell phones experienced an issue that 
affected Exchange authorized and provided portable phones for Floor 
brokers. This outage only impacted the service for Exchange authorized 
and provided portable phones. As a result, all Exchange authorized and 
provided cell phones were non-operational before the opening of trading 
on September 11, 2013. The issue was resolved before the close of 
trading on September 11, 2013.
    Rules 36.20 and 36.21 govern the type of telephone communications 
that are approved for Floor brokers. Pursuant to Rule 36.20, Floor 
brokers may maintain a telephone line on the Trading Floor and use 
Exchange authorized and provided portable phones while on the Trading 
Floor. The use of such Exchange authorized and provided portable phones 
is governed by Rule 36.21. Because of the issues with the third-party 
carrier, all Exchange authorized and provided portable phones are not 
functional and therefore Floor brokers cannot use the Exchange 
authorized and provided portable phones. However, the personal cell 
phones of Floor brokers are operational on the Trading Floor. The 
Exchange believes that because communications with customers is a vital 
part of a Floor broker's role as agent and therefore contributes to 
maintaining a fair and orderly market, during the period when Exchange-
provided cell phones are non-operational, Floor brokers should be 
permitted to use personal portable

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phone devices in lieu of the non-operational Exchange authorized and 
provided portable phones.
    The Exchange therefore proposes to temporarily suspend the 
limitations in Rules 36.20 and 36. 21 that permit Floor brokers to use 
only Exchange authorized and provided portable phones so that Floor 
brokers may also use personal portable phones on the Trading Floor. The 
Exchange proposes that pursuant to this temporary suspension, Floor 
brokers must provide the Exchange with the names of all Floor-based 
personnel who used personal portable phones during this temporary 
suspension period, together with the phone number and applicable 
carrier for each number. Floor broker member organizations must 
maintain in their books and records all cell phone records that show 
both incoming and outgoing calls that were made during the period that 
a personal portable phone was used on the Trading Floor. To the extent 
the records are unavailable from the third-party carrier, the Floor 
brokers must maintain contemporaneous records of all calls made or 
received on a personal portable phone while on the Trading Floor. As 
with all member organization records, such cell phone records must be 
provided to Exchange regulatory staff, including without limitation 
staff of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (``FINRA''), on 
request.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\6\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\7\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster 
cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating 
transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect 
the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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    In particular, because of issues experienced by a third-party cell 
phone carrier, Exchange authorized and provided cell phones are not 
functional. The Exchange believes that the proposed temporary 
suspensions from those aspects of Rule 36 that restrict Floor broker's 
use of personal portable phones on the Trading Floor removes 
impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market and 
national market system because the proposed relief will enable Floor 
brokers to conduct their regular business, notwithstanding the ongoing 
issues with telephone service. The Exchange further believes that 
without the requested relief, Floor brokers would be compromised in 
their ability to conduct their regular course of business on the 
Trading Floor. In particular, for Floor brokers, because they operate 
as agents for customers, their inability to communicate with customers 
could compromise their ability to represent public orders on the 
Trading Floor.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange does not 
believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on 
competition because the proposed change only impacts Floor brokers and 
has no change in operations for other market participants or other 
market centers. To the contrary, the Exchange believes that without the 
proposed relief, Floor brokers would be compromised in their ability to 
conduct their regular course of business on the Trading Floor, thereby 
placing a burden on the Floor brokers' ability to compete.

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 Exchange has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \8\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder.\9\ 
Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the 
protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any 
significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative prior to 
30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as 
the Commission may designate, if consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest, the proposed rule change has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \10\ and Rule 19b-
4(f)(6) thereunder.\11\
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \11\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b-4(f)(6) 
requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission 
written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along 
with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at 
least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed 
rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. 
The Exchange has satisfied this requirement.
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) \12\ normally 
does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of the 
filing. However, pursuant to Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii),\13\ the Commission 
may designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has asked 
the Commission to waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposal 
may become operative immediately upon filing. The Commission believes 
that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the 
protection of investors and the public interest. Waiver of the 
operative delay allows the terms of the relief described herein to be 
available on September 11, 2013, when the Exchange experienced the 
outage. Therefore, the Commission hereby waives the 30-day operative 
delay and designates the proposal operative upon filing.\14\
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    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
    \13\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \14\ For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, 
the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on 
efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 
78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of such 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. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings under 
Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Act \15\ to determine whether the proposed 
rule change should be approved or disapproved.
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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:

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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-NYSE-2013-61 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-NYSE-2013-61. 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 
10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. 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-NYSE-2013-61 and should be 
submitted on or before October 15, 2013.
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    \16\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-23146 Filed 9-23-13; 8:45 am]
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