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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 28, 2017 / Notices be submitted on or before December 19, 2017. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.13 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–25692 Filed 11–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [SEC File No. 270–516, OMB Control No. 3235–0574] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–2736 ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Extension: Rule 3a–8 Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collections of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit the existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. Rule 3a–8 (17 CFR 270.3a–8) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a) (the ‘‘Act’’), serves as a nonexclusive safe harbor from investment company status for certain research and development companies (‘‘R&D companies’’). The rule requires that the board of directors of an R&D company seeking to rely on the safe harbor adopt an appropriate resolution evidencing that the company is primarily engaged in a non-investment business and record that resolution contemporaneously in its minute books or comparable documents.1 An R&D company seeking to rely on the safe harbor must retain these records only as long as such records must be maintained in accordance with state law. Rule 3a–8 contains an additional requirement that is also a collection of information within the meaning of the PRA. The board of directors of a company that relies on the safe harbor under rule 3a–8 must adopt a written policy with respect to the company’s capital preservation investments. We 13 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 3a–8(a)(6) (17 CFR 270.3a–8(6)). 1 Rule VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:51 Nov 27, 2017 Jkt 244001 expect that the board of directors will base its decision to adopt the resolution discussed above, in part, on investment guidelines that the company will follow to ensure its investment portfolio is in compliance with the rule’s requirements. The collection of information imposed by rule 3a–8 is voluntary because the rule is an exemptive safe harbor, and therefore, R&D companies may choose whether or not to rely on it. The purposes of the information collection requirements in rule 3a–8 are to ensure that: (i) The board of directors of an R&D company is involved in determining whether the company should be considered an investment company and subject to regulation under the Act, and (ii) adequate records are available for Commission review, if necessary. Rule 3a–8 would not require the reporting of any information or the filing of any documents with the Commission. Commission staff estimates that there is no annual recordkeeping burden associated with the rule’s requirements. Nevertheless, the Commission requests authorization to maintain an inventory of one burden hour for administrative purposes. Commission staff estimates that approximately 65,139 R&D companies may take advantage of rule 3a–8.2 Given that the board resolutions and investment guidelines will generally need to be adopted only once (unless relevant circumstances change),3 the Commission believes that all the R&D companies that existed prior to the adoption of rule 3a–8 adopted their board resolutions and established written investment guidelines in 2003 when the rule was adopted. We expect that R&D companies formed subsequent to the adoption of rule 3a–8 would adopt the board resolution and investment guidelines simultaneously with their formation documents in the ordinary course of business.4 Therefore, we estimate that rule 3a–8 does not impose additional burdens. Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 2 See National Science Foundation/Division of Science Resources Statistics, Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey: 2013 (results published August 2, 2016). 3 In the event of changed circumstances, the Commission believes that the board resolution and investment guidelines will be amended and recorded in the ordinary course of business and would not create additional time burdens. 4 In order for these companies to raise sufficient capital to fund their product development stage, Commission staff believes that they will need to present potential investors with investment guidelines. Investors generally want to be assured that the company’s funds are invested consistent with the goals of capital preservation and liquidity. PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56319 information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication. Please direct your written comments to Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi PavlikSimon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549; or send an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. November 22, 2017. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–25709 Filed 11–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [SEC File No. 270–035, OMB Control No. 3235–0029] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–2736 Extension: Rule 17Ad–2(c), (d), and (h) Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) a request for approval of extension of the previously approved collection of information provided for in Rule 17Ad–2(c), (d), and (h), (17 CFR 240.17Ad–2(c), (d), and (h)), under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.). Rule 17f–2(c) allows persons required to be fingerprinted pursuant to Section 17(f)(2) of the Act to submit their fingerprints to the Attorney General of the United States or its designee (i.e., the Federal Bureau of Investigation (‘‘FBI’’)) through a registered national securities exchange or a registered national securities association E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 56320 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 28, 2017 / Notices (collectively, also known as ‘‘selfregulatory organizations’’ or ‘‘SROs’’) pursuant to a fingerprint plan filed with, and declared effective by, the Commission. Fingerprint plans have been approved for the American, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia stock exchanges and for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Currently, the bulk of the fingerprints are submitted through FINRA. It is estimated that 4,200 respondents submit approximately 285,600 sets of fingerprints (consisting of approximately 243,600 electronic sets and 42,000 hard copy sets) to SROs on an annual basis. The Commission estimates that it would take approximately 15 minutes to create and submit each fingerprint card. The total reporting burden is therefore estimated to be approximately 71,400 hours, or approximately 15 hours per respondent, annually. In addition, the SROs charge an estimated $25.00 fee for processing fingerprint cards submitted electronically, resulting in a total annual cost to all 4,200 respondents of $6,090,000, or $1,450 per respondent per year. The SROs charge an estimated $40.00 fee for processing fingerprint cards submitted in hard copy, resulting in a total annual cost to all 4,200 respondents of approximately $1,680,000, or $400 per respondent per year. The combined annual cost to all respondents is thus $7,770,000. Because the FBI will not accept fingerprint cards directly from submitting organizations, Commission approval of fingerprint plans from certain SROs is essential to carry out the Congressional goal to fingerprint securities industry personnel. Filing these plans for review assures users and their personnel that fingerprint cards will be handled responsibly and with due care for confidentiality. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information under the PRA unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The public may view background documentation for this information collection at the following Web site: www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: Shagufta_ Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:51 Nov 27, 2017 Jkt 244001 Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, or by sending an email to: PRA_ Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: November 21, 2017. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–25600 Filed 11–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–82147; File No. SR–Phlx– 2017–75] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Nasdaq PHLX LLC; Notice of Designation of a Longer Period for Commission Action on Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 1009 To Modify the Criteria for Listing an Option on an Underlying Covered Security November 22, 2017. On September 27, 2017, Nasdaq PHLX LLC (‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 a proposed rule change to amend the criteria for listing an option on an underlying covered security in Rule 1009, Commentary .01. The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on October 11, 2017.3 Section 19(b)(2) of the Act 4 provides that, within 45 days of the publication of notice of the filing of a proposed rule change, or within such longer period up to 90 days as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission shall either approve the proposed rule change, disapprove the proposed rule change, or institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. The 45th day after publication of the notice for this proposed rule change is November 25, 2017. The Commission is extending this 45-day time period. The Commission finds that it is appropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 81814 (Oct. 4, 2017), 82 FR 47254. 4 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(2). 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change. Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,5 designates January 9, 2018 as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove the proposed rule change (File Number SR– Phlx–2017–75). For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.6 Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–25689 Filed 11–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Committee Member Nominations Sought Notice; Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Notice of open nominations for veteran small business owners and veteran service organization representatives for the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs and the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development. AGENCY: The U.S. Small Business Administration seeks member nominations from veteran owned small businesses and veteran service organizations to serve on the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs and member nominations from veteran service organizations and military service organizations to serve on the Interagency Task Force for Veterans Small Business Development. DATES: Nomination applications due by 11:59 p.m. (EST), December 15, 2017. ADDRESSES: Send nominations to veteransbusiness@sba.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seeks member nominations from veteran owned small businesses and veteran service organizations (VSO) to serve on the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA). The SBA also seeks member nominations from two VSO or Military Service Organizations (MSO) to serve on the Interagency Task Force for Veterans Small Business Development (IATF). Additional Information: Nominations of eligible representatives must be sent SUMMARY: 5 Id. 6 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(31). E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 227 (Tuesday, November 28, 2017)]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[SEC File No. 270-035, OMB Control No. 3235-0029]


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 
20549-2736

Extension:
    Rule 17Ad-2(c), (d), and (h)

    Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (``PRA'') (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (``Commission'') has submitted to the Office of Management 
and Budget (``OMB'') a request for approval of extension of the 
previously approved collection of information provided for in Rule 
17Ad-2(c), (d), and (h), (17 CFR 240.17Ad-2(c), (d), and (h)), under 
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.).
    Rule 17f-2(c) allows persons required to be fingerprinted pursuant 
to Section 17(f)(2) of the Act to submit their fingerprints to the 
Attorney General of the United States or its designee (i.e., the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation (``FBI'')) through a registered 
national securities exchange or a registered national securities 
association

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(collectively, also known as ``self-regulatory organizations'' or 
``SROs'') pursuant to a fingerprint plan filed with, and declared 
effective by, the Commission. Fingerprint plans have been approved for 
the American, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia stock 
exchanges and for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority 
(``FINRA'') and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Currently, the bulk 
of the fingerprints are submitted through FINRA.
    It is estimated that 4,200 respondents submit approximately 285,600 
sets of fingerprints (consisting of approximately 243,600 electronic 
sets and 42,000 hard copy sets) to SROs on an annual basis. The 
Commission estimates that it would take approximately 15 minutes to 
create and submit each fingerprint card. The total reporting burden is 
therefore estimated to be approximately 71,400 hours, or approximately 
15 hours per respondent, annually.
    In addition, the SROs charge an estimated $25.00 fee for processing 
fingerprint cards submitted electronically, resulting in a total annual 
cost to all 4,200 respondents of $6,090,000, or $1,450 per respondent 
per year. The SROs charge an estimated $40.00 fee for processing 
fingerprint cards submitted in hard copy, resulting in a total annual 
cost to all 4,200 respondents of approximately $1,680,000, or $400 per 
respondent per year. The combined annual cost to all respondents is 
thus $7,770,000.
    Because the FBI will not accept fingerprint cards directly from 
submitting organizations, Commission approval of fingerprint plans from 
certain SROs is essential to carry out the Congressional goal to 
fingerprint securities industry personnel. Filing these plans for 
review assures users and their personnel that fingerprint cards will be 
handled responsibly and with due care for confidentiality.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required 
to respond to, a collection of information under the PRA unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.
    The public may view background documentation for this information 
collection at the following Web site: www.reginfo.gov. Comments should 
be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of 
Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, 
Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: 
Shagufta_Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief 
Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi 
Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, or by sending an 
email to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 
30 days of this notice.

    Dated: November 21, 2017.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-25600 Filed 11-27-17; 8:45 am]
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